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California Supreme Court rules GIS files are public records

“The California Supreme Court ruled Monday that digital mapping files known as geographic information systems must be released under the state’s public records law.

“The decision could make it easier for media organizations, advocacy groups and others to obtain government GIS databases, rich collections of data that can be used to display and analyze multiple layers of geographical information.”

  • Digital mapping files are public records, state Supreme Court rules, By Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times (July 8, 2013).

    Forty-seven of California’s 58 counties already provide GIS parcel maps as public records for a nominal fee, said Dean Wallraff, an attorney for the Sierra Club. Los Angeles County charged the group less than $10 for a disk containing the files, he said. Monday’s court ruling should compel Orange County to do the same.

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