"GIS data is public data, says California Supreme Court"

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"GIS data is public data, says California Supreme Court"

Piergiorgio Cipriano

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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Re: "GIS data is public data, says California Supreme Court"

Markus Neteler
On Wed, Jul 10, 2013 at 4:14 PM, Piergiorgio Cipriano
<[hidden email]> 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.

Segnalo anche
http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/OrangeCounty_Amicus

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Markus
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