[Freegis-list] Open Access to State-collected Geospatial Data
jo at frot.org
Sat Aug 20 17:46:29 CEST 2005
Very few world citizens enjoy open access to the information that
describes their surroundings; particularly the geospatial data
collected and brokered by their National Mapping Agencies, an
essential framework for understanding civic information of all kinds.
http://okfn.org/geo/manifesto.php is a set of statements about Open
Access to State-collected Geospatial Data.
* All government-collected geodata should be open,
that is, available for free distribution
and re-use under a ShareAlike license.
* Online mapping projects creating freely reusable geodata
should offer a compatible open license.
* Common, standard formats for describing and exchanging data
should be adopted.
* Ultimately, all state-collected information
should be freely available,
in a structured machine-readable format.
An open data policy has economic benefits in terms of reduced cost and
increased innovation; it facilitates e-government and citizen engagement.
Please read the manifesto and, if you agree with the statements it contains,
sign up to support it: http://okfn.org/geo/manifesto.php#signup
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