Friday, July 05, 2013

Open G8

Seven days ago the G8 signed a new Open Data Charter ... stating, 'We, the G8, agree that open data are an untapped resource with huge potential to encourage the building of stronger, more interconnected societies that better meet the needs of our citizens and allow innovation and prosperity to flourish.' 

Amongst other things, the world's eight largest economies, agree to 'orient [their] governments towards open data by default', and 'recognise that the term government data is meant in the widest sense possible' ... 'data owned by national, federal, local, or international government bodies, or by the wider public sector'. 'Geospatial [data, e.g.] Topography, postcodes, national maps, local maps' are recognised for their high value. Thanks GSDI.

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