[Freegis-list] free gis data
cavallini at faunalia.it
Fri Jun 10 20:32:19 CEST 2005
I found a difficult spot in:
collect fees for commercial reuse of public sector data
in practical terms, it is often unclear what does it mean:
- if I organize a course on freegis, may I use those data? Usually the reply
is yes, but for me this is a commercial operation
- after the course, may I distribute the data to students? This does not seem
commercial, but is usually forbidden by their licences
- if I analyse data for the public administration, should I pay? This is
clearly commercial, but the reply is usually that I can have it free of
Somewhat paradoxical situations, due to unclear ideas about licences and
freedom (and perhaps citizenship), in my view. This is why I believe a white
paper would be useful to clarify the situation.
It could then submitted to the various Inspire committees.
At 20:22, venerdì 10 giugno 2005, Jo Walsh has probably written:
> On Fri, Jun 10, 2005 at 08:02:46PM +0200, Henrion Benjamin wrote:
> > What is the status of the directive?
> It went through on first reading on June 6th. I think there was never
> any doubt. I suppose there will be a gravy train for 'viewing'
> applications as mandated, and open source GIS could make a big niche
> there. i got a nice response from my MEP:
> BREPOELS: Infrastructure for spatial information in the Community
> +(first reading, co-decision)
> The report was adopted by the plenary without further changes to the
> +committee result. The report improves the commission proposal e.g. in
> +into account different levels of government, and strenghtening
> consultation of
> +stakeholders in drafting implementing measures on specific data sets.
> +amendments extending the scope of the directive to cover areas under
> +anthropogenic stress and renewable energy resources and addressing
> +over licencing were also part of the ENVI report.
> As regards the question of possibility of charging for accessing
> spacial data,
> +the Committee supported the Rapporteur's compromise which allows for
> +sector to collect fees for commercial reuse of public sector data,
> +maintaining that viewing should be free (am 26).
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