Geodata Committee Meeting 20060322

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Public Geospatial Data Committee Meeting 2006-Mar-22

Meeting Info

 Chair: Jo Walsh
 Minutes: Need volunteer
 IRC: #osgeo channel on
 Date: 2006-Mar-22 (at least in the Americas and Europe)
 Time: Wednesday March 22, 15:00 UTC

Agenda Items

  • Introductions
    • Who are in the Committee?
  • Discuss focus of group - accessing data versus enabling tools for creating data or something in between?
  • How to take stock of what is available? Are we aiming to have a repository of data or pointers to external data?
    • Outreach - if people are working on repository efforts already, how can we connect with them?
  • Geodata licensing is a pressing issue. The Public Geodata license has invoked calls for an LPGL model without a ShareAlike constraint. Can we start a working group on this?
  • Schedule next committee meeting
  • Please Add Agenda Items


  • Attendance: Jo Walsh, Frank Warmerdam, David Bitner, Jeff McKenna, Alan Doyle, Schuyler Erle, Markus Neteler, Perry Nacionales, Florian Kindl, Daniel Brookshier

Group Focus

  • Accessing data? enabling tools for creating data? or something in between? -- consensus is we want both a portal for accessing existing geodata *and* tools for creating new data.

Taking Stock of Existing Data

  • Catalog existing data? and/or host a repository? no consensus yet.
  • Process data into more usable formats?
    • TIGER/Line, VMap0, GSHHS
    • Packaging data also means fixing metadata
  • Provide a forum/marketplace for data wanted / data offered?
  • Daniel Brookshier notes that can host some data
  • Proposed we break this into two work groups
    • Catalog / Discovery Portal (+ Outreach)
    • Packaging / Quality Control / Metadata Augmentation / Documentation (focus on education, e.g. GRASS Spearfish)
  • Outreach
    • Geodata Committee's efforts should coordinate closely with Education Committee
    • External outreach can proceed informally for now (as the committee gets bootstrapped)

Geodata Licensing