Tufts recently added around 200 public data layers for Ecuador. This includes the complete 2010 Population and Housing Census. We processed and joined all the census data attributes down to the third level (Parroquias) administrative geography. The data is very difficult to access.
Tufts has now loaded over 2,000 data layers into OGP. This includes the most recent layers for City of Boston as well datasets for Afghanistan, Israel/Palestine, and Pakistan. All publicly available!
Susan Powell, GIS Specialist for Metadata at Yale University, recently completed a survey of partner organizations OGP information architectures. The survey results are available here:
Yale OGP Information Architecture Survey 1/23/2013
Tufts University has been invited to present the Open Geoportal at the United Nations Geographic Information Working Group (UNGIWG) 2013 Annual Plenary in Istanbul, Turkey on February 27th – March 1st.
UC Berkeley contributed code for viewer for ungeoreferenced map images in OGP. Tufts will assist with the interface design. It will be incorporated in the OGP 2.0 release.
The University of Minnesota just completed and contributed the development of a module to incorporate ArcGIS Server web services. It will be included in the OGP 2.0 release.
Tufts University has received an award from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for the development of The Open Geoportal Cloud Federation. As part of the award we will be developing the following components in the coming year:
1. Develop a working prototype for cloud-based, Automated Federated Solr Metadata Harvester supporting multiple metadata formats (1/2013-12/2013).
2. Develop of a formal organizational structure for the Open Geoportal Federation which includes:
A. Host a National Open Geoportal Summit to provide training and develop consensus agreement on roles and governance. Travel for selected attendees funded. (Summer/Fall 2013).
B. Develop the opengeoportal.org to provide collaborative capacity to manage application development and share best-practices (12/2012-2/2013).
Tufts University has acquired funding to develop an open source metadata clearinghouse toolkit: a cloud-based, light weight metadata authoring environment. Our goal is to provide rapid guided metadata authoring. The site will employ controlled vocabularies from the Library of Congress API and the OGP thesauri. It will also facilitate the import and export of geospatial metadata records from the OGP cloud of metadata (currently around 40,000 metadata records). It will also provide a crosswalk to/from multiple metadata formats. It is being developed in collaboration with Harvard, MIT, and UC Berkeley.
Tufts just completed working with the University of Maryland Central Africa Regional Program for the Environment (CARPE) and University Libraries to ingest their metadata and web services into the demo version OGP.