Who will provide all of the geodata around the world … particularly in places were people are few?
Sean Gorman’s love of big data sets almost got him into trouble with the government early on when he and school colleagues began mapping the geography of the web and discovered interesting tidbits such as routing vulnerabilities for the NYSE. While he’s no longer in trouble with the government he is still fascinated by big data and mapping.
Gorman announced GeoCommons, a crowdsourced repository of large structured datasets, at the Where 2.0 conference last year, and this year he describes how the first attempt failed and how the problem was solved. He moves to a discussion and demonstration of Finder!, the new product that opens the world’s data in a browser.
Gorman ends the talk with his vision for data federated by all companies who are bringing geo-content to the web. In this ecosystem of federated geo-content, a user can take a URL from one source and map it with a structured data set from another source; thus creating semantic meaning that didn’t exist before. He hopes that this integration of data will help to solve problems.