The Interior Department launched a new Web tool Thursday that pulls together a slew of interactive, government-produced maps that users can mash together and lay their own data on top of.
The "geospatial platform," which Interior said is a prototype, also includes some maps from state, local and tribal governments.
Once it's fully realized, the platform will be a "one-stop shop" for trustworthy "place-based data...and the tools to display that data," Assistant Interior Secretary Anne Castle said in a statement.
The ability to map diverse data sets together can be a key tool for everything from environmental researchers looking to reduce pollution in a particular stretch of river to nutrition advocates trying to get more fresh produce into so-called "food deserts."
Castle said the mapping tool would also reduce duplication and inefficiency because maps created in the system by federal agencies, state governments or private sector and non-profit groups will stay stored in the system for the next user.
Interior built the site along with mapping divisions at numerous other agencies.
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