Thu, 2 Nov 2000 13:26:36 +0100 (CET)
Would it be possible to use the proprietary data to correct some
other, less accurate, but freely available data and publish the errors
together with the free data? This is not a general solution, but there
needs to be some incident, which serves as a starting point to discuss
this with officials.
Just a devils thought at a bright autumn afternoon :-)
Markus Neteler writes:
> well, the point is that you can't even get the digital boundaries of
> Germany for free. For me that's unacceptable. I tried to contact the
> "Statistisches Bundesamt", of course without response. They have proudly
> announced their new online shop for data, but I won't pay for such
> maps (of general interest) if they have been paid by taxes already.
> At least a minimum dataset of European data should be available for
> download from governmental web sites.
> Concerning the top50 CD: I guess you are not allowed to publish any
> results of your thesis without the permission of the cdrom producers
> (will be LGN, Hannover). Usually they will charge you again... :-(
> Well, my opinion about the map policies here in Germany is quite bad.
> Same think with climate data: You cannot get anything. But if I want
> full climate data from India, I can download for free (yes, tons of data).
> As I am teaching GIS here at university, I am facing this data problem
> regularly. Ideas are welcome!