I’m guessing they’re going to launch with decent data, but mostly that it will be the context provided that matters. For example EdDataZone.
EdDataZone’s map is designed to help in situating new schools. They’ve cleaned and already loaded all the relevant data, including required legal buffer zones around highways, gang boundaries, existing schools, school districts, etc that you need to reference in deciding where to site a new Charter Zone.
They’re service is currently expanding, but one of the things that strikes me as most interesting is everyone of these datasets (of about 200) in their platform (ArcGIS online) is already available as open data. They’ve just repackaged it for answering a complicated recurring question: Where should we put a new school?
I imagine ParkServe (which looks to be on a new ESRI platform), will be similarly valuable in that it provides all the right context necessary to answer the question: Where do we most need more green space?