How the cloud is helping turn data catalogs into content

Grazed from FedScoop. Author: Greg Otto.

It’s not enough for people like Jerry Johnston to simply publish the abundance of geospatial data that belongs to the federal government — he wants the public to be able to derive value from it. That’s where cloud computing comes in. Johnston, director of the Interior Department’s Information and Technology Management Division, is using Amazon Web Services to turn the government’s geospatial data into robust, functional content for anyone interested in using it.

Through his work with the Federal Geographic Data Committee, Johnston has leaned on AWS to support Geoplatform.gov, a repository for people to find, search for and share various geospatial data sets. “Using AWS, we built our own platform and software offerings that agencies are using right now,” Johnston said Monday during a session at Amazon Web Services’ Public Sector Summit. “It’s been a huge advancement in making things available.”...

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