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All a matter of location: Fraunhofer FOKUS and Esri Deutschland develop open data applications

News from Nov. 19, 2013

Fraunhofer FOKUS and Esri Deutschland GmbH, a provider of geographic information systems (GIS), signed a memorandum of understanding today during the 2nd International Open Data Dialog. The aim of the cooperation is to develop new types of services and applications using data from the govdata.de portal and Esri’s GIS platform.

The information content of open data is enhanced if such data are linked with open spatial data – for example, current data on noise pollution from construction sites in different parts of a city. But to make such applications user-friendly, the geographic data must be analyzed and visualized in the form of (interactive) maps. In order to develop intuitive applications for business companies and private citizens, especially in cities, researchers at Fraunhofer FOKUS are working together with Esri, a company specializing in geographic information systems, and con terra, a company belonging to the Esri Deutschland Group. One of FOKUS’s priorities here is to develop solutions for public safety, health care, public IT and the energy and transportation networks of the future.