Archive for March, 2006
Just came across mention of a project in the UK out of Leeds University to sample mapping the complex utility networks that exist underground in urban infrastructure. They face the problem of having to map pipes that were laid more than 200 years ago – and few records remain about the locations of some networks.
The recently announced Open Source Geospatial Foundation has started a new project to develop resources about Public Geospatial Data. The proposed mission is focused around…
Promote the use of open geospatial formats – Providing best-practise guidelines and examples for use of open and free standards for data (GML, WMS, WFS-T) and metadata (Dublin Core, RDF).
Promote public access to state-collected geodata – Lead by example in demonstrating economic value and research activity generated by open access to public geographic information.
Run a repository of open geodata – A collection of geospatial datasets shall be hosted by the PGDP. Additionally, links to other open data repostories shall be collected.
Present and explain licenses for public geodata – The PGDP aims to collect licenses suitable for the publishing of public geodata. The license shall be presented along with a summary of its benefits and focus.
The Guardian in the UK has an article out comparing the availability of free Government data with the United States which compares a restrictive vs open approach to providing taxpayer funded data to encourage innovation.
Something we could definitely do more of here.
In the last few days, the Open Source Geospatial Foundation has opened its doors for business. It has the following purpose:
The Open Source Geospatial Foundation has been created to support and build the highest-quality open source geospatial software. The foundation’s goal is to encourage the use and collaborative development of community-led projects.
The Office of Management and Budget in the United States has required that all US Departments will need to have a senior official to handle geospatial issues.
The officials will be responsible for pushing the issues ahead within their agencies and overseeing the establishment of geospatial requirements and policies. OMB believes coordination among agencies is more beneficial than independent investment in data and capabilities.
I have just published a report I finished last month for the Wellington Lifelines Group to the knowledgebase to see how well it handles longer documents in one page. Let me know if you think it is too long for one page. I will probably end up putting a pdf version available for download as well.