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Geocoded Open Data with IntuiFace

Geocoded Open Data with IntuiFace

With the new Map Collection first introduced in IntuiFace Version 4.2.0 (and recently improved in Version 4.2.3), users can visualize on a map any of the thousands of geocoded open datasets available on the Web. To do this without writing code is actually quite amazing but I know it’s a mouthful so let’s define some terms.

According to, data is open “if anyone is free to use, reuse, and redistribute it — subject only, at most, to the requirement to attribute and/or share-alike.” Open data must be available and accessible, reusable (in a machine-readable form) and must permit anyone to use, reuse and redistribute it.

Each set of data is called, no surprise, a dataset. The majority of open datasets are originating amongst government agencies and NGOs. You could say that public data collected and compiled through the assistance of tax and donor money is likely open and available.

Where it becomes interesting is when a dataset is geocoded - i.e. when each data point can be localized on a map using latitude and longitude information. More and more often, territory-specific open data is geocoded.

Geocoded open data needs to be machine readable - obviously - for IntuIFace to work with it but this isn’t hard to do. Formats include spreadsheets (xls, csv, etc.) you can download or Web APIs (especially REST APIs) you can call - all of which are all supported by IntuiFace!

Here are three examples of freely accessible geocoded open datasets:

  • City bike systems such as New-York or Paris that are directly accessible through a REST API. These datasets are qualified “real-time” since you get real-time update information, such as number of bikes available and number of available slots in a specific station.
  • The list of all Food Trucks allowed (by permit) in San Francisco . This dataset can be accessed either through a REST API or a spreadsheet.
  • On Open Data Kenya, the list of all Healthcare Facilities, accessible either through a REST API or a spreadsheet.

Imagine what you could do with this information in your experiences!?! Want to know how? Well if you can’t wait, see this article in our Knowledge Base. Otherwise, I’ll get to this in my next blog entry.

Geoff Bessin
Geoff Bessin

I'm Chief Evangelist at Intuiface, which means I think about the intersection of digital interactivity with signage and presentations. Pearls of wisdom? Well...

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