REDLANDS, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Esri, the global leader in location intelligence, today announced that in collaboration with federal agencies, it is opening up access to dozens of high-priority, high-demand national data layers, referred to by government users as National Geospatial Data Assets (NGDA). This development is critical for decision-making in areas of national concern like infrastructure development and disaster response.
The information being made available includes cartographic boundary files and demographic data from the US Census Bureau; National Agriculture Imagery Program (NAIP) data from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA); and the National Inventory of Dams (NID) database, managed by the US Army Corps of Engineers.
“Now, more than ever, it is important for citizen scientists, the academic community, GIS professionals, and app developers alike to have access to authoritative sources of information for their work,” said Jack Dangermond, Esri founder and president. “Making this federal data public empowers a wider audience to address the most pressing current challenges such as climate change, disaster relief, broadband access, and racial equity.”
This new collection of federal maps and apps is now accessible via ArcGIS Online. It includes over 75 national geospatial datasets on dams, bridges, federal public lands, runways, rail nodes, and more, which are regularly updated from federal sources. Those seeking this data can simply access…