Esri Launches Open Data Finder


For developers and interested users of open data, just finding it can often be a problem. Cities, counties and states each have their own portals and in some cases individual agencies can as well. Elsewhere companies, anchor institutions and other community organizations may also make data available but that’s not always clear. Now, Esri has launched a new website that will serve as a resource to find datasets.

Citizens can search, download, filter, and visualize this data through their web browser or mobile device.

Since July 2014, more than 1,200 organizations from all levels of government, including the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), and the cities of Raleigh, North Carolina; Tampa, Florida; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Muroran, Japan, have used Esri’s ArcGIS Open Data to configure custom open data sites to serve local citizens and businesses. Now the public can search across all these sites to find authoritative data by location and topic.

“We are excited about the large number of organizations currently sharing open data and believe we have a great opportunity to boost global support for open data and open knowledge,” says Andrew Turner, CTO of Esri’s DC R&D Center.

Any organization can make its data available through ArcGIS Open Data, and people can now discover this data by visiting