The UK-based Open Knowledge Foundation has a manifesto on Open Access to State-Collected Geospatial Data and they are collecting signatures to demonstrate broad support for open access to geodata policies.
The manifesto is an excellent example of a statement that takes an active, positive approach to information dissemination, rather than the policy-neutral approach that GPO is using in its planning.
The manifesto notes that “75-80% of the information generated by government has a spatial component” and says, in part:
“Ultimately, all state-collected information should be openly available, in a structured machine-readable format.”
“All government-collected geodata should be open, that is, available for free distribution and re-use…”
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