[Freegis-list] Protection vs. sharing (was: 52?North publishes first quality controlled stable release!)

strk strk at keybit.net
Wed Mar 1 12:20:40 CET 2006

It is sad that "open" software developers are working on data "protection"
rather then data "sharing". Many times, when there are not big
"pushes" toward protecting things people inherit the policy that
software developers put into their tools.

Software tools do can change the relations amongst human beings.

Yes, I do see posible ethical applications for this software,
but National data protection is likely to be the big market for this
product, and this represent a big contraddiction with the goal of this

I hope I'm wrong and you'll actually make a public statement against
restricting public access to state-collected data, as this is what
the freegis community is currently figthing against.

A public statement from your company, and hopefully adherence to the
campaign, would help the cause.

Looking forward to hear from you.


State-collected Geographic Data is public property !
European citizens, reject the INSPIRE directive.
Sign the petition: http://petition.publicgeodata.org

On Wed, Mar 01, 2006 at 10:46:15AM +0100, Ann Hitchcock wrote:
> Dear FreeGIS List,
> The open source software initiative 52°North (http:www.52north.org) 
> emphasizes quality management to ensure software’s practical suitability 
> and sustainability. Therefore we are proud to announce our first 
> software stable release which has successfully completed the 52°North 
> quality assurance testing!
> 52N SecuritySystem rel-1.1(download at 
> http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=122215&package_id=152063)
> The 52°North Security System protects OGC web services implemented in 
> Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDIs). The components Web Authentication 
> Service (WAS), the Web Security Service (WSS) and a Web Security Client 
> (WSC.Desktop, WSC.JWS, WSC.NTService) protect content from unauthorized 
> use and enable users to access data and services for which he/she is 
> authorized.
> Please direct comments and inquiries to 52°North's Working Group 
> Security mailing list ( 
> <http://www.52north.org/mailman/listinfo/security>http://www.52north.org/mailman/listinfo/security) 
> or contact the Working Group chair Jan Drewnak ( 
> <https://intevation.de/mailman/listinfo/freegis-list>drewnak at 52north.org).
> Visit us at con terra GmbH's booth at the CEBIT (March 9 - 15), Halle 9, 
> Stand C68 and find out more information about our software and organization.
> ------------------------------
> Dipl.-Geogr. Ann Hitchcock
> con terra GmbH
> Martin-Luther-King-Weg 24
> 48155 Münster
> Germany
> Tel: +49 (0)251 7474 520
> Fax: +49 (0)251 7474 100
> email: hitchcock at conterra.de
> http://www.conterra.de
> http://www.52north.org

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