[Freegis-list] Geographic/spatial data policies
bernhard at intevation.de
Tue Jan 4 17:12:17 CET 2005
On Tue, Dec 14, 2004 at 07:20:58PM -0800, 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 &
The FreeGIS Project is also about free data, so this is a topic for this list.
From the mission statement http://www.freegis.org/about.en.html
The FreeGIS Project aims to promote the freedom in the scope
of Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
It seeks to reach its aim through
* promoting the use and release of publicly available geographic
data in the same sense of freedom as for Free Software,
There is a section for "data" on the website for a reason. ;)
> 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
Did you read it? Can you recommend it?
The summary sounds like it might recommend to make money from licences
and that it is US centric.
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