[Freegis-list] Geographic/spatial data policies
gould at lsi.uji.es
Wed Dec 15 08:45:57 CET 2004
Let's start by freeing up that PDF! :-)
Seriously, free data is next on the to-do list. There are precedents
that we need to exploit: http://ocw.mit.edu and similar sites...
There's also talk that the pharmaceutical industry is showing signs of
open source (data) collaboration: free up research results and everyone
(whole industry) wins. I think that Nash's (from movie A Beautiful Mind)
equilibrium principle (google it) applies in a limited sense also...but
we need real economists to help here.
Another good source of people studying open source everything, is
In the end the argument is economic, with a small e, that is, freeing up
data to improve economic development.
Read the first 7 words in Clinton's 1994 executive order (creating
NSDI)... no surprise.
Brent Wood wrote:
>While this list is primarily interested in Open Source Software, in some areas
>gov't funded data is the subject of a similar debate, regarding costs &
>distribution. Like my feelings on software, I believe the value of such data is
>in how widely it can be used, rather than how much money can be made from it,
>especially when the taxpayer funded the data collection in the first place.
>When it comes to OS GIS software, without good data, the software is of limited
>Anyway, a new book has been released which may be of interest. It discusses a
>range of issues & approaches:
>Licensing Geographic Data & Services
>by the National Research Council
>ISBN 0-309-09267-1 (book)
>ISBN 0-309-54457-2 (PDF)
>or read/skim online at http://books.nap.edu/catalog/11079.html
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