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Poll: Would a member populated GIS data download area be of interest to you?

Would a member populated GIS data download area be of interest to you?

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In attempts to continue to boost the value of CartoTalk I have been thinking about creating an area where users could upload custom GIS datasets, map symbols, raster images, and other resources for members to download and use.

Do you think this would be useful? Would enough people contribute to make it worthwhile? Is there a need for a repository like this?

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I voted maybe (I'm in a 'useful' mood today :P )

Mainly because I have some technical issues: can the server handle it and do 'we' have enough 'spare bandwidth' at the moment?

But also a more obvious one: in what way would this be better than, say, Geotorrent.org, gisdatadepot.com etc etc?

Would downloading open to everybody or just registered users? What about uploading? What if one of our spammer friends comes back again and uploads something with a virus or trojan in it?

Don't get me wrong, I think it's a good idea and I might even contribute something myself, but to me there would be little advantage over hosting it myself.
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i wouldn't mind uploading and downloading.

however considering the "bad" guests we've had in the past, i'm a little worried about the virus potential. is there some kind of safeguard(other than your own anti-virus proggie)? would that be good enough?
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those user names were generally suspicious..

i would say the "virus" issue could be easily solved by simply downloading datasets only from users you know. or who have more than 1 post :)


i wouldn't mind uploading and downloading.

however considering the "bad" guests we've had in the past, i'm a little worried about the virus potential. is there some kind of safeguard(other than your own anti-virus proggie)? would that be good enough?

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I have implemented some better filtering and safeguards and basically I keep a close eye on all new signups now. But viruses would be a concern. I think we would want to make all uploads subject to moderator approval.

As far as bandwidth and storage space goes, the downloads would be stored in a different location than the site and I have some "storage only" resources.

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I would vote yes for map symbols and the like, but can't they just be attachments to messages. For data and imagery, I would vote no, I think we should be a little bit weary to have to strong GIS/RS focus here, but keep the carto-focus. For data, I think it might be too big work to do it "right", which would mean using a proper metadata(base) etc. If we still decide to go that route, maybe a tool like GeoNetwork opensource would be the way to go... ?
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I'm not sure another GIS data resource site is necessary. It makes more sense to utilize the hundreds or thousands of websites already offering datasets for download. If Cartotalk users could provide original, one of a kind data-sets, I would feel different about it. Perhaps additional attention could be put into creating a more robust data resource page? The process of creating a GIS data source, complete with Metadata, seems like more trouble than it's worth...

I am in favor (big thumbs up!) of of being able to upload and download Illustrator Symbol libraries, Graphic style libraries, images, and templates. Erin



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I'm not sure another GIS data resource site is necessary.

I am in favor (big thumbs up!) of of being able to upload and download Illustrator Symbol libraries, Graphic style libraries, images, and templates. Erin

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I agree. Between the USGS seamless site, the NRCS data gateway, ESRI data, and a few other sources, I'm pretty much set for base data.

What I AM always looking for is better symbologies, color ramps, graphics, etc. Also, it would be cool to be able to post and download cartography-related whitepapers and tutorials.

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Another approach could be a place to put listings/descriptions of unique data resources available by members, but not the actual data itself. People could contact the member directly. So much of our "data stuff" changes annually so Cartotalk would have outdated resources within a couple years. My personal symbol library is constantly evolving, so if I posted it last year it wouldn't reflect the one I'm using today.
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herm, sounds like a task for a wiki...

(I have an internal wiki for my own use where I put in links and comments about data sources)
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