Citizens have a new tool to visualize data and map it onto their own communities. Geospatial startup FortiusOne and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have teamed up to launch IssueMap.org. IssueMap is squarely aimed at addressing one of the biggest challenges that government agencies, municipalities and other public entities have in 2011: converting open data into information that people can distill into knowledge and insight.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and FortiusOne, the leading location analysis software provider, today announced the launch ofIssueMap, an online mapping site that enables citizens to quickly map data they care about and easily share it through social networks. IssueMap is as simple as copy, paste, map.” Users can go from a spreadsheet to a shareable map in less than 60 seconds.
The FCC and FortiusOne share a commitment to making public data sets more usable and valuable for all citizens. The Open Government Directive of 2009 brought about the release of massive amounts of tabular government data. Without a simple way to visualize and add context to this data, it has remained largely untapped by the public. IssueMap’s intuitive mapping interface enables citizens and decision-makers alike to engage with this data for better understanding of the issues impacting their communities.
Direct to IssueMap.org