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FOSS4G2006 - Free And Open Source Software for Geoinformatics
FOSS4G2006 - Free And Open Source Software for Geoinformatics
11-15 September 2006 Lausanne, Switzerland
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Public Geodata: State Collected Geographic Information is Public Property
The wiki and petition was started in early 2006 by Benjamin Henrion
and Jo Walsh, with the support of the Open Knowledge Foundation, in an attempt to
raise awareness among the open geospatial community about the INSPIRE directive and
the political forces shaping the debate about open access to state-collected
information across Europe. The European Parliament and the Commission are both
strongly in favour of open access to geodata; the Council, conducting its business
behind closed doors, subject to national-level lobbies, has been pushing for
increased restrictions on the rights of European citizens to gain access to the data
that describes the world around them, in disregard of the economic evidence
supporting open access. Working together, European geospatial software developers and
users may still have a chance of influencing INSPIRE policy in a positive direction;
this is a discussion about how this may be achieved.
Id: 193
Place: Lausanne, Switzerland
Room: Amphimax (MAX 351)
Starting date:
13-Sep-2006   18:00
Duration: 02h00'
Contribution type: BOF (Birds of a Feather)
Primary Authors: Ms. WALSH, Jo (-)
Presenters: Ms. WALSH, Jo
Included in session: Birds of a feather II

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