November 15, 2016 (Lincoln, Neb.) — Since the public release of NebraskaMAP.gov, Nebraskans are beginning to visualize geographic data in new ways. NebraskaMAP provides access to more than 150 peer-reviewed geographic data layers and maps through an open data platform. The site’s top searches for data have included information about transportation, bridges, broadband, schools, hunting, imagery, and land records. During the last four weeks leading up to the elections, the majority of requests were for political and administrative boundaries and data, according to recent analytics reports.
The majority of visitors to the web site use the interactive maps found in the map gallery. These maps provide an organized approach to viewing and reporting geographic data, and allow the user to interact with various decision support tools. Popular interactive maps being used include the Nebraska Broadband Map, Nebraska 511 Traveler Information, and various game and parks related map viewers.
The web site is designed to provide an environment of data and map discovery for everyone who visits. It uses a built-in keyword and metadata search engine to locate resources by commonly listed keyword tags, data types, ISO metadata categories, and by organization. The site extends its features by providing news and information about data, map services, and other technical resources.
The platform provides administrative access to data stewards, allowing them full control of their content. This permits qualified contributors to post and update current data, which is of key importance to authoritative, accurate data for public consumption. This further reduces guess work from visitors to the site as they search for reliable geospatial information. The first set of data layers released in late July were provided by State government agencies and the University of Nebraska. The next step is to connect NebraskaMAP to data from other public resources such as city/county and other political subdivisions.
NebraskaMAP (http://www.NebraskaMAP.gov) is an official Nebraska Government website, operated and maintained by the Geographic Information Office within the State of Nebraska, Office of the Chief Information Officer. NebraskaMAP is a Strategic Initiative Action Item in the Governor’s Nebraska Statewide Technology Plan. It has been made possible through partnership and coordinated efforts involving the Nebraska Information Technology Commission (NITC) GIS Council, NebraskaMAP Data Subcommittee, and the Office of the Chief Information Officer, Geographic Information Office.
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