Community, Corruption and Copyright: The Building of an OpenGIS Data Repository in Buffalo

Thursday Sep 29   03:30 PM to 05:30 PM (2 hours)
Open dataCommunityData repositoryBuffalo NY
This project examines the challenges and opportunities that arose in the process of building an Open Geospatial data portal for Buffalo, NY. Community groups, academics, and non- profits articulated a desire to have an exchange of datasets and information that was accessible and stored in one place. However, the City of Buffalo, NY was unable and unwilling to share local data or provide a top-down initiative for collecting, storing, and disseminating geospatial information. Other locales like Detroit and Pittsburgh have relied on non-governmental actors to take the lead establishing data repositories with open data policies that were later adopted by the public sector. Through a Civic Engagement and Public Partnership grant with the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County, we built a prototype of an Open GIS-data portal.
University at Buffalo (SUNY)
Assistant Professor

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