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FortiusOne Awarded FGDC NSDI CAP Award to Geo-Enable Government Data

Kunne I forestille jer at den danske stat bad KMS om at outsource forretningen til en Open Source community? 

Will data become Open Source too?


NSDI CAP Extends GeoCommons to Create Geospatial Datasets From Tabular Data

ARLINGTON, VA--(Marketwire - March 12, 2009) - FortiusOne, a leading provider of next-generation location intelligence, today announced they have received the Federal Geographic Data Committee's (FGDC) National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) Cooperative Agreements Program Award to geo-enable the US government's tabular data. FortiusOne's GeoCommons Platform will be utilized to create geospatial datasets automatically from tabular government data containing location-based references (addresses, ZIP code, county, city, state, etc.).

The single grant dedicated to geo-enabling tabular data was awarded to FortiusOne to create a shared public web service that will make the geo-enablement of abundant government data simple and intuitive. The resulting service will allow for greater data discovery, exchange, analysis and visualization of geographic data.

"This is a concrete step toward exploiting the geographic context present in over 80% of all data," said Sean Gorman, CEO and founder of FortiusOne. "This award gives FortiusOne the ability to intelligently assign location (point and polygon) to all relevant tabular data and further provides the opportunity to make geography a part of everyone's workflow."

The project's scope will include a robust taxonomy of existing boundaries, both global and domestic, to which tabular data can be joined. By extending the existing GeoCommons Platform, FortiusOne is creating an automated capability for geocoding and spatial join functionalities, thus laying the groundwork to extend their tools for more sophisticated analytic tasks.

"We see huge potential in this collaborative project," said Doug Nebert, Technology Advisor, FGDC. "By further extending their GeoCommons platform, users will not only be able to convert tabular data into geo-enabled data sets, they can also leverage the existing database management, visualization and analytical capabilities of GeoCommons, as well as facilitate sharing and collaboration with the existing GeoCommons user community."

Read more: http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/Fortiusone-960555.html

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