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May 10, 2016

Boulder County Launches New Geospatial Open Data Platform

New platform offers better tools and improved access
to geospatial data

Boulder County, Colo. - Today, Boulder County launched a new
geographic information system (GIS)
open data platform that will
give data enthusiasts greater access to valuable county geospatial – mapping –
data assets on an interactive site.

The site, located at http://maps.bouldercounty.org/OpenData,
puts GIS data at users’ fingertips. Datasets of interest can be browsed by
category or by entering key words in the search box. Users can then interact
with the data in the web browser, preview the data before downloading, download
subsets of very large datasets, and even create charts. Datasets can be
easily shared with others or embedded into websites.

The new platform, which is a tool
included within the GIS software the county currently uses, streamlines
internal processes by automating the publication of data. GIS data has
been available in other forms for download on the county website since 2007.

“Boulder County is excited to
launch the new geospatial open data platform so data users will have a better
way to access useful datasets produced by the county," said GIS Program
Manager Mark Mullane. "The new platform provides a simple and intuitive
user experience so the data can be easily searched, viewed, and filtered all
within a web browser."

The concept of “open data” embraces
the idea that public information should be easily accessible to the public
online and produced in a standardized format that can be read and utilized by
all computers.

This launch marks the second move
to improve internal workflows through automated publishing of open data. The
first part of this effort launched in March of this year and offered
access to building permit and development data
for unincorporated Boulder

Questions or feedback
about Boulder County open data

may be directed to data@bouldercounty.org.