The National Agricultural Statistics Service updated their site to include a whole host of new ways to get their data, including a fancy new mapping service. The latest data I could find on their map was 2002, but you can really get at what you want pretty easily, either map or table form. One note is that their maps are in SVG format, which is an extenstion put out by Adobe. It allows for some pretty cool dynamic quering of data but it does require a plugin. If you’re into US agricultural statistics, the site is definately worth a look. Here’s the direct link to the site.
An interesting blog post at ZDNet talks about an issue we’ve discussed both in the blog and in the podcast. As the blog suggests, data has the upper hand in this Mashup marriage between tools and data. Without data, these wonderful Mashups wouldn’t be able to function. It’s a pretty interesting and short read. I do wish they’d make the counter point that while applications are reliant or data, data is also reliant on rich applications to make the data worthwhile. Data on a shelf is better known as expensive paperweights.
The USGS has recently announced the Center for LIDAR Information Coordination and Knowledge. According to CLICK’s fact sheet:
“The Center for LIDAR Information Coordination and Knowledge (CLICK) was designed to assist users in accessing LIDAR data and provide information to help facilitate LIDAR innovation in the scientific community….The CLICK web portal (http://lidar.cr.usgs.gov) is a way for all LIDAR usersÃ¢â‚¬â€inside and outside the USGSÃ¢â‚¬â€to visit, ask and answer questions, and coordinate with others who are looking for or have data in their study area.”