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Monday, March 28, 2011
U.S. Department of Education launches new map mashing up data on broadband access to school locations
The U.S. Department of Education’s new broadband mapping initiative Maps.ed.gov/Broadband is a great example of how open data is helping increase efficiencies and collaboration between federal agencies. The site is a basic mashup showing where broadband is available in relation to schools and colleges. What makes this map incredible is that this broadband data did not exist a month ago – it was just opened up for the National Broadband Map in mid-February.
Chain of collaboration: NTIA collected the data —> FCC opened it up —> and the Department of Education mashed it up with other data to show it in their own context.
This release of data, and its ultimate processing into a custom map for the Department of Education, involved the work and collaboration of several key agencies, along with some amazing open source software.