New Media Tools for Data Sharing and Stories of Project Ideals and Accomplishments

By: Jennifer Carter, Bruce Vandenberg, Jorge A. Delgado, Nicole Kaplan, Donna Neer, Greg Wilson, Robert D’Adamo, Laura O’Gan, Nadene Grow, Roger Marquez, Dan Arthur, Marlen Eve, Stephen J. Del Grosso, Jane M.F. Johnson, Douglas L. Karlen, Lisa Durso, John Finley, Veronica Acosta-Marti­nez, David B. Knaebel, Daren Harmel, and Justin D. Derner

New federal regulations mandate federal agencies to be more transparent and share information to the public. Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) software is a great tool to accomplish this task. At USDA, Agriculture Research Service there is  a small team of staff, from different research site locations who have worked together to develop a platform using ESRI open source mapping software to share information. Which includes maps, stories of site locations, and research data.

Agricultural Collaborative Research Outcomes Systems (AgCROS)

This site was designed to share agricultural research data to the public as well as to internal staff across USDA and other international sites.  To assist with research work dealing with climate issues, agricultural production, food security, and human health issues globally.

Agriculture Arc GIS
Agriculture GIS



Image caption: Dairy manure is commonly used in place of inorganic N fertilizers but the impacts on trace gas flux, yields and soil N are not well understood in the semiarid western US. CO2, N2O, and CH4 were monitored using surface chamnbers from 5 N treatments to determine their effect on greenhouse gas emissions from a tilled clay loam soil under irrigated, continuous corn production for a 3 yr. time period.  Treatments included (i) partially composed dairy manure (DM) (412 kg N ha -1), (ii) DM + AgrotainPlus (DM + AP), (iii) enhanced efficiency N fertilizer (SuperU, or SUPRU) (179 kg N ha-1), (iv) Urea (179 kg N ha-1), and (v) check.  These results highlight the importance of best-managemnet practices such as immediate irrigation after N application and use of urease and nitrification inhibitors to minimize N losses.


This site is still under development with new projects being added as often as resources are made available to do so.

Check out a few presentations, a research paper and a poster that have shared about this platform with the public.


Once developed more fully, it will be important to get the word out about these products on social media channels like Twitter and Facebook

The image above displays how when application is published it can be shared on Twitter and Facebook, or printed.

Arc GIS on social media
Arc GIS on social media

There are also other social media tools within ESRI (but that we currently are not using for our application) that would allow users to take part in sharing information via twitter. If you’re interested visit:

Depending on what your agency wants to share and accomplish there are tools within ESRI to assist you with your goals.


Contacts for (AgCROS) site Bruce Vandenberg,


Contacts for Story Maps within site, Jennifer Carter,