[Gfoss] "GIS data is public data, says California Supreme Court"
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Mer 10 Lug 2013 16:14:36 CEST
US: The California Supreme Court has ruled that digital mapping files known
as GIS must be released under the state's public records law. The decision
could make it easier for media organisations, advocacy groups and others to
obtain government GIS databases, rich collections of data that can be used
to display and analyse multiple layers of geographical information.
The case stems from a 2007 letter the Sierra Club wrote to the Orange
County assessor requesting copies of its OC Landbase, a GIS database of
information on more than 640,000 land parcels. The group planned to use the
database, which includes parcel boundaries, numbers and addresses, for
environmental mapping projects, such as identifying land suitable for
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