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Robert Cardillo: NGA Pledges to Continue Data Transparency Efforts

Robert Cardillo
Robert Cardillo

Robert Cardillo, director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, has said NGA will continue to embark on open data initiatives to make geospatial resources publicly available, FCW reported Tuesday.

Cardillo, an inductee into Executive Mosaic’s Wash100 list for 2015, estimates 25 percent of the agency’s data are currently available online for public access, according to the story by Colby Hochmuth.

He told audiences at an Esri-hosted geospatial forum that he believes Internet of Things and satellite technology could allow for a democratization of geospatial information.

“It will be less about the images and more about the derived information, the context, the analytics and the consequences we can enable with that data,” he added, according to FCW.

Hochmuth reports NGA partnered with DigitalGlobe to create MapReduceGEO, a cloud-based geospatial application that people can access through the agency’s GitHub account.

The agency is also developing a new application that will aim to help users access geospatial intelligence from disconnected systems.

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