[Gfoss] "GIS data is public data, says California Supreme Court"

Markus Neteler neteler a osgeo.org
Mer 10 Lug 2013 23:00:42 CEST

On Wed, Jul 10, 2013 at 4:14 PM, Piergiorgio Cipriano
<pg.cipriano a gmail.com> wrote:
> http://geospatialworld.net/News/View.aspx?ID=27116_Article
> 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 conservation.

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