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Re: [nycbigapps] Re: Accessing GDB files on DataMine

From: Dave L.
Sent on: Wednesday, November 18, 2009 12:26 PM

I represent ESRI in NYC, the creator of the Geodatabase format. I'm unclear where this confusion is coming from, but let me try to clarify. The Geodatabase is a high performance data format designed to flexibly model spatial data. It excels in high quality data management, including data integrity constraints, domains, topology, linear referencing, versioning, image management and networks. Another strength is domain-specific model definitions and support of advanced spatial analysis. If you are interested in learning more, please visit
Having said that, ESRI is in NO WAY associated with NYC Data Mine, NYC Big Apps, or any decision making regarding what data formats were provided. So this not a private venture intruding on a government service. I cannot speak for the city government and their choice of data format delivery.
However, I do appreciate everyone's interest in working with this data without having to purchase ESRI software. In light of that, I can make available a limited number of free evaluation software installations. This would allow you to open the Geodatabases and export them as shapefiles, KML, DXF, etc. As I said, I only have a limited number of installations. I believe you can also request an evaluation license from our website.
Thank you,
Dave LaShell
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Dave LaShell
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Sent: Wed Nov 18 07:23:[masked]
Subject: [nycbigapps] Re: Accessing GDB files on DataMine

Isn't the data supposed to come from the government? ��Has this single private venture been given full rights over supposedly opened governemnt data?

I'm not too familiar with the whole. ��I joined the group because I thought that in the future, if government gathered was being made freely available, I would probably think of a project to use it.

I would like to come to understand this better if possible.


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