I know Jo's on here anyway, but this has ramifications for the
OpenGuides project so it's worth considering.
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Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2006 18:14:36 -0800
From: Jo Walsh <jo(a)frot.org>
Subject: [Openstreetmap] Please Help Petition for Public Access to Geodata
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dear openstreetmap list,
Please sign the petition: http://petition.publicgeodata.org/
Yesterday the INSPIRE Directive on European "spatial data infrastructure"
began its second reading in the European Parliament. Within a few
weeks or months it may entrench a policy of charging European citizens
to access public information they've already paid to collect. Members of
the European Parliament think this an obscure and dull technical issue;
but free public access to geographic information is essential for economic
innovation and civic co-operation.
Benjamin Henrion and I are starting the above petition to MEPs to
reject the current draft of the INSPIRE directive. It's all rather
last-minute; we may have as little as a month before the Directive
gets through its second reading; so it's important we try and get as
many signatures as we can, as soon as we can, and get the word out.
People writing open source software, people who create a lot of GPS
information as a byproduct of being a hiker or cycle courier, people
who love cartography and just want to improve the representation of
the world around them, all over Europe, are getting together through
to create and share geographic information.
New data exchange standards, at both ad-hoc and industry level,
allow for more of the creation of maps and description of the
environment to be carried out by people who know the location well;
map data, census information and other essential data about how people
and places interact, which is used to manage civic society.
INSPIRE ignores all these trends. It is a narrow view that was formed
without a full survey of what's being done with spatial information -
especially with GPS and GSM positioning based media, new kinds of
transport logistics systems, and the upcoming GALILEO satellite
network. GALILEO will guarantee a reasonable quality signal for free
to all citizens. A Directive about access to state-collected public
geographic information, should guarantee freedom of access to data.
If you are in Europe, please help us raise awareness among MEPs that this
is a much bigger issue than it seems, and shouldn't be rubber-stamped!
Help us by signing http://petition.publicgeodata.org/
. Please tell
other interest groups that you're a part of - non-geo, or even non-geek
- and ask other European friends to help us by signing the petition.
Please feel free to forward this mail, or bits of it, onwards.
is a wiki for collaboration on research into
the issue, into some of the history and context around this
legislation, also providing a quick rough guide for focusing energy
when contacting your MEPs about this regressive, short-termist law.
If INSPIRE passes its second reading with this wording, all our in-car
navigation systems, mobile phones, local search services, will become
more expensive and less useful; INSPIRE threatens to set back economic
innovation in location aware technology in Europe by many years.
Openstreetmap mailing list
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