For the first time, the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) has gathered all its public maps and data in one easy to access location. Public interest in the new webpage is high, based on the nearly 1,000 participants in a webinar on the topic recently.
"Previously, many of EGLE's public datasets and mapping applications were only located on division program webpages about that topic -- these are very specific sections of our website, usually several layers deep and typically only frequented by industry professionals," says Kevin McKnight, EGLE's GIS manager.
"Those program pages will continue to house links to those applications; however, for people outside of that specific industry niche, and for those who are plain curious about what EGLE has been doing with maps and data, we have pulled together everything in one convenient one-stop shop, along with some additional features that are brand new to our website."
With the advent of its Maps & Data webpage, EGLE joins Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in having an agency-specific Open Data Portal, along with the State of Michigan's open data site.
Photo caption: Maps & Data webpage banner