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Renewable Energy Map and Reports

From Geospatial eNews top 5 links:

REN21 is the global renewable energy policy multi-stakeholder network that connects a wide range of key actors. REN21’s goal is to facilitate knowledge exchange, policy development and joint action towards a rapid global transition to renewable energy. REN21 brings together governments, nongovernmental organisations, research and academic institutions, international organisations and industry to learn from one another and build on successes that advance renewable energy. To assist policy decision making, REN21 provides high quality information, catalyses discussion and debate and supports the development of thematic networks. REN21 is an international non-profit association and is based at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Paris, France. REN21’s network structure is made up of the following agents: – the General Assembly – the Steering Committee – the Bureau – the Secretariat

Read more at: http://www.ren21.net/about-ren21/about-us/

To read the reports and the interactive map, click here:  http://www.ren21.net/about-ren21/about-us/

10 Free GIS Data Sources: Best Global Raster and Vector Datasets

From GIS geography.com

10 Free GIS Data Sources: Best Global Raster and Vector Datasets – GIS Geography

Where can I find free GIS data?

In a perfect world, you’d be able to find all the free GIS data you need in a single website. Of course, it would have to be free, downloadable from an authoritative source.

…But well, you know the drill. The world’s not perfect, life’s not fair.

So that’s why we’ve put together this list to turbo-charge your search for free GIS data. We provide a list of 10 free, downloadable global GIS datasets from highly reputable sources.

You might be interested in these useful resources for GIS data:


Into the Okavango 2015

The Okavango Database is a growing record of data generated by the explorers and scientists on their 120 day expedition to the Okavango Delta. The database encompasses wildlife sightings, tweets, audio recordings and images taken by the participants, as well as sensor measurements capturing things like temperature, pH levels, and heart rates. The intention of the Okavango Database API is to share the data in almost real-time as it’s uploaded, so that people all over the world can follow the journey as it unfolds. It also allows for others to use the data for their own purposes.


The White House Launches “The Opportunity Project”

Utilizing Open Data to Build Stronger Ladders of Opportunity for All

March 8th, 2016  Sensors& Systems

In the lead up to the President’s historic visit to SxSW, today the Administration is announcing the launch of “The Opportunity Project,” a new open data effort to improve economic mobility for all Americans. As the President said in his State of the Union address, we must harness 21st century technology and innovation to expand access to opportunity and tackle our greatest challenges.

The Opportunity Project will put data and tools in the hands of civic leaders, community organizations, and families to help them navigate information about critical resources such as access to jobs, housing, transportation, schools, and other neighborhood amenities. This project is about unleashing the power of data to help our children and our children’s children access the resources they need to thrive. Today, the Administration is releasing a unique package of Federal and local datasets in an easy-to-use format and accelerating a new way for the federal government to collaborate with local leaders, technologists, and community members to use data and technology to tackle inequities and strengthen their communities. Continue reading The White House Launches “The Opportunity Project”

New Content from Columbia University Now Available!

Posted by paniello-esristaff Employee in Peter Aniello’s Blog on Jul 14, 2015 10:49:04 AM

Columbia University’s Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) has just published six new data layers in the Landscape for Contributors group in ArcGIS Online.  These layers contain information on hazardous waste sites, global human footprint, emissions, roads, population, and the world’s remaining wild areas.  This data is free to use.  Look for additional data from CIESIN in the Landscape for Contributors group in the upcoming months!

EPA Tool: Where Poverty and Pollution Intersect

July 14, 2015

Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/epa-has-new-tool-mapping-where-pollution-poverty-intersect-180955663/#l4kJfOZmx8QGVJLf.99

Open up the Environmental Protection Agency’s new EJSCREEN tool, click into the map and pull up your neighborhood. Are you exposed to higher then average amounts of particulate matter? Or are you close to bunch of Superfund sites ridden with hazardous waste? And how do those environmental factors overlap with the demographic breakdown of your block?

 EJSCREEN, which anyone can use through the EPA’s website, pulls in the agency’s pollution data and intersects it with census data, so users concretely see where groups and industries are being particularly destructive to the environment, and where people are being disproportionately exposed to pollution. It overlays 12 environmental indicators, such as air particulate matter, lead paint and proximity to waterway dischargers, with six demographic indicators, including low income populations and percent minority.

The maps are color coded to reflect different levels of pollution, with grey at one of the spectrum representing minimal levels of discharge to bright red at the other for the highest ones. For example, an area in South Seattle, which is in the 80th percentile for minority popluations, is also in the 80th percentile for ozone pollution, and the 90th for water pollution discharge. The map is splashed yellow and red in that neighborhood. The surroundings areas, which are less than 50 percent minority, have much lower rates of both kinds of pollution.

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Oakland Real-Time Crime Map

Remember that car beats exercise in chapter 4 of your GIS 200 textbook?  Check out Oakland’s real-time crime map:

City of Oakland’s Real-Time Crime Map Advances Transparency

The City of Oakland, California, has taken another step toward offering citizens open access to public data by launching the Oakland Police Department (OPD) Calls for Service application. Built using geographic information system (GIS) technology on the Esri ArcGIS platform, the web app provides real-time crime data using an interactive map available from both OPD and city websites.

The new open data source is the latest technological upgrade for the city in an ongoing effort to increase public engagement and information sharing.

“We are committed to transparency, and the Calls for Service application is a tool that assists us in providing information to Oaklanders,” Chief of Police Sean Whent said.

The city’s Information Technology Department designed the app using Esri’s ArcGIS GeoEvent Extension for Server. The extension enables minute-by-minute access to information about crime that occurred within the last 24 hours, filtered through OPD’s 911 computer-aided dispatch (CAD) system.

“Through our partnership with Esri, the city’s IT Department built a robust, secure, and scalable GIS platform to achieve our goal of empowering first responders, city staff, and residents to leverage location-based services,” said Ahsan Baig, division manager, Public Safety Services and Business Applications at the City of Oakland.

Citizens can now map real-time data from Continue reading Oakland Real-Time Crime Map

New Data Source: Michigan


From NBC 25 Newsroom

LANSING (AP) — Michigan is sharing data that will make it easier to map locations around the state.

The Department of Technology, Management and Budget says it has created a website where anyone can search, view and download Geographic Information Systems data.

Department director David Behen says the new site is a key piece of efforts to make information open and available to the public.

The website will include GIS data from state agencies, local municipalities and other sources.

Behen says the coordination and sharing of data from multiple agencies is a “great step forward.”

You can access the website by going here. 

(Copyright ©2015 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

2015 US Demographic Data Available

2015 U.S. Esri Demographic data is now available!

The 2015/2020 U.S. Esri Updated Demographic data is now available across the ArcGIS platform, and it reveals some very interesting trends about population growth, aging, diversity, housing and more.

  • The 2015 U.S. population is 318,536,439, an increase of 3.2% since 2010.
  • Population growth in the South continues to outpace growth in the rest of the US, 4.6% since 2010, compared to 3.8% in the West, 1.5% in the Northeast and 1.4% in the Midwest.
  • The country is becoming more diverse. The Hispanic population now accounts for 17.6% of the total population and is expected to increase to 19% by 2020. The Diversity Index (the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups) based on counts from Census 2010 for the United States is 60.6. The Diversity Index based on 2015 updates stands at 63, and it is expected to rise to 65.3 in 2020.

For more info:

ESRI 2015 Data