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== Introduction ==
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There is an [[Public Geospatial Data Committee|official foundation committee]] page which provides more detail on meetings and discussions.
  
The Public Geospatial Data Project of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation is currently in the "definition phase". That means that we're in the process of putting together information about the kinds of things we could do, which organizations might be relevant, how the project might be structured, etc. Since the entire OSGeo is new, we're really working out the process for starting a non-software based project as we go.
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== Mission ==
  
'''Likely scenario'''
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=== Promote the use of open geospatial formats ===
* Information gathering
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Providing best-practise guidelines and examples for use of open and free standards for data (GML, WMS, WFS-T) and metadata (Dublin Core, RDF, ISO19115 through ISO19139).
* Develop list of potential participants
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* Invite people/organizations to express interest
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* Discuss potential charter (is there an "official" OSGeo name for this?)
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* Present charter to OSGeo Board for approval (or do the members also get to vote on it?)
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** Charter should probably have "Terms of Reference" - i.e. what the group will do
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** Charter should probably have an initial list of participants/organizations (not all need to be members)
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** Charter should name a Chair and a Vice Chair (or co-chairs?) (must proposed chair already be a member or can s/he become a member by virtue of being part of this?)
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* Assuming project is approved - Get to work!
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== Potential Members ==
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=== Promote public access to state-collected geodata ===
If you add people/orgs to this list, please indicate whether you're adding yourself/your organization or whether you are "nominating" the person/organization as a potential member.
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=== Individuals ===
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Lead by example in demonstrating economic value and research activity generated by open access to public geographic information.
  
''Please add yourself''
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=== Run a repository of open geodata ===
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A [[Geodata_Repository]] shall be hosted by the PGDP.
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Additionally, links to other open data repostories shall be collected.
  
* David Bitner (self)
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=== Present and explain licenses for public geodata ===
* Allan Doyle (self)
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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.
* Florian Kindl (nominated)
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* Pericles S. Nacionales (self)
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* Markus Neteler (self)
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* Jo Walsh (nominated)
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* Helton Uchoa (self) - [[User:Uchoa]]
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=== Organizations ===
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== Approach ==
* [http://www.eogeo.org EOGEO] (self)
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* [http://www.openstreetmap.org/ OpenStreetMap Project] (potential)
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* [http://www.gsdi.org GSDI Association] (potential)
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After a [[Public Geospatial Data Committee Definition Phase|Definition phase]] this has become an official [[Committees|committee]] within [[Main Page|OSGeo]].
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=== Working Groups ===
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At the [[Geodata Committee Meeting 20060322|first meeting of the geodata committee]] we decided to focus interest through three [[Working Groups]]:
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* A [[Geodata Discovery Working Group]] which would focus on indexing and search of data and metadata repositories.
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* A [[Geodata Packaging Working Group]] to look at creation and maintanance of really high quality and rich data packages to offer for educational purposes with software packages, with [[GRASS GIS]] in particular.
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* A [[Geodata Licensing Working Group]] to look into parallel licensing developments and to consult on guidelines for open licenses for geodata.
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=== Mailing List ===
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There is a public mailing list and [http://lists.osgeo.org/pipermail/geodata/ archive] for discussion of geodata activities within OSGeo at http://lists.osgeo.org/mailman/listinfo/geodata.
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=== Meetings ===
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This group is having regular meetings on IRC on the #osgeo channel on irc.freenode.net. At the moment this is happening on Thursdays at 16:00 UTC. [http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?year=2006&month=4&hour=16&min=0&sec=0 fixed time]
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See the [[Public Geospatial Data Committee|Geodata Committee]] page for more details on past meetings and upcoming agendas.
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=== People interested in participating  ===
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*'''Awase Khirni Syed''' - awasekhirni at gmail.com
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*David Bitner
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*Allan Doyle
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*Florian Kindl
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*Pericles S. Nacionales
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*Markus Neteler
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*[[User:JoWalsh|Jo Walsh]]
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*[[User:Uchoa|Helton Uchoa]]
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*Aaron Racicot - Ecotrust - aaronr at ecotrust.org
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*Daniel Brookshier
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*Schuyler Erle
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*Jeff McKenna (DM Solutions)
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*Steve Coast
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*Mikel Maron
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*Alessandro Frigeri
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*David Blasby
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*[[User:Kevinyam|Kevin Yam]]
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*[[User:Putler|Dan Putler]]
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*[[User:Arnulf Christl|Arnulf Christl]]
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*Ned Horning
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*[[User:Nhv|Norman Vine]]
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*[[User:epifanio|Massimo Di Stefano]]
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*Colin Gowens
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*[[User:Smaffulli|Stefano Maffulli]]
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*[[User:Fbiasi|Frank Biasi]]
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*[[User:Ticheler|Jeroen Ticheler]]
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*Stefan Keller
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*[[User:Dsampson|Dave Sampson]]
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*[[User:Kablukiw|Kevin Ward]]
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*[[User:JoCook|Jo Cook]]
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*Nick Black
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*[[User:Mloskot|Mateusz Loskot]]
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*[[User:Mspott|Martin Spott]]
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*David Jonglez
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*[[User:Dandye|Daniel Dye]]
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*[[User:MaksimS|Maksim Sestic]]
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*[[User:Milovanderlinden|Milo van der Linden]]
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*[[User:Ominiverdi|Lorenzo Becchi]]
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*[[User:Rduivenvoorde|Richard Duivenvoorde]]
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*Artem Pavlenko
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*[[User:Kgjenkins|Keith Jenkins]]
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*[[User:Chorner|Cory Horner]]
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*[[User:Vdb|François Van Der Biest]]
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*[[User:Fsc7|Felipe Costa]]
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*Brent Wood
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*[http://comchatter.com Ivan Gan]
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*[[User:Gignacnic|Nicolas Gignac]]
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*[[User:Huwer|Rafal Wawer]]
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*Hans-Jörg Stark
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*Paul Brous
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*[[User:Ahunter|Andrew Hunter]]
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*Nikos Alexandris
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*[[User:Dcampbell|David Campbell]]
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*[[User: Pacuad| Pablo Cuadrado]]
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*[[User: Dongpo| Dongpo Deng]]
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*[[User: kotzino|Dimitris Kotzinos]]
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*''Please add yourself''
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=== Organizations to beneficially connect with ===
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* [http://www.eogeo.org EOGEO]
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* [http://www.openstreetmap.org/ OpenStreetMap Project]
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* [http://www.openaddresses.ch/ OpenAddresses Project]
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* [http://www.gsdi.org GSDI Association]
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* [http://topp.openplans.org The Open Planning Project]
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* [http://www.fgdc.gov Federal Geographic Data Committee]
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* [http://www.opengeospatial.org Open Geospatial Consortium]
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* [http://www.upct.org/ Un point c'est tout]
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* [http://civicaccess.ca/ CivicAccess]
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=== Events ===
  
== Events ==
 
 
Events where we can either promote our positions or are likely to run into like-minded individuals.
 
Events where we can either promote our positions or are likely to run into like-minded individuals.
  
 
* [http://www.asia-commons.net/ Asian Conference on the Digital Commons - April 18-20, 2006, Bangkok, Thailand]
 
* [http://www.asia-commons.net/ Asian Conference on the Digital Commons - April 18-20, 2006, Bangkok, Thailand]
 
* [http://conferences.oreillynet.com/where2006/ Where 2.0 - June 13-14, 2006, San Jose, California, USA]
 
* [http://conferences.oreillynet.com/where2006/ Where 2.0 - June 13-14, 2006, San Jose, California, USA]
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* [http://www.foss4g2006.org/ FOSS4G2006 - Free And Open Source Software for Geoinformatics - September 12-15, 2006, Lausanne, Switzerland]
  
== Existing Work ==
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== References ==
 
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=== Geo Data Licenses ===
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* [http://sig.cwriter.org/index.php/PGL Public Geodata License]
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* [http://cemml.carleton.ca:8080/OGUG/pgl Group PGL-Canada]
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* [http://creativecommons.org/ Creative Commons]
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=== Geo Data Repositories / Group Collection Projects ===
 
=== Geo Data Repositories / Group Collection Projects ===
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* [http://www.findgis.com FindGIS - Florida City, County & Goverment Agency GIS Data Download & FTP Sites]
 
* [http://www.openstreetmap.org/ OpenStreetMap Project]
 
* [http://www.openstreetmap.org/ OpenStreetMap Project]
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* [http://www.openaddresses.ch/ OpenAddresses Project]
 
* [http://freeearthfoundation.com/ Free Earth Foundation]
 
* [http://freeearthfoundation.com/ Free Earth Foundation]
 
* [http://geobase.ca/ Canadian Base Data]
 
* [http://geobase.ca/ Canadian Base Data]
 
* [http://geotorrent.org/ Various Free Datasets via Bittorrent]
 
* [http://geotorrent.org/ Various Free Datasets via Bittorrent]
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* [http://geodatacommons.umaine.edu/ GeodataCommons project at U. Maine]
 
* [http://www.iscgm.org/cgi-bin/fswiki/wiki.cgi Global Map] - International Steering Committee for Global Mapping
 
* [http://www.iscgm.org/cgi-bin/fswiki/wiki.cgi Global Map] - International Steering Committee for Global Mapping
 
* [http://www.geonames.org Geonames.org] - Geonames is integrating geographical data such as names, altitude, population and others from various sources
 
* [http://www.geonames.org Geonames.org] - Geonames is integrating geographical data such as names, altitude, population and others from various sources
 
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* [http://www.geo-one-stop.gov/ Geospatial One Stop]
=== Geo Data Policy Advocacy ===
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* [http://gcmd.nasa.gov/index.html Global Change Master Directory]
* [http://www.publicgeodata.org/ Public Geodata Project] (IRC: [irc://freenode/publicgeodata publicgeodata]) with the support of the Open Knowledge Foundation
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* [http://conserveonline.org/workspaces/cons.geo.portal Conservation GeoPortal]
* [http://okfn.org/geo/manifesto.php Open Access to State-Collected Geospatial Data Manifesto]
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* [http://datagateway.nrcs.usda.gov/ USDA:NRCS Geospatial Data Gateway] - Lots of good imagery
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* [http://www.fao.org/geonetwork FAO-UN GeoNetwork portal to spatial data and information]
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* [http://geodata.grid.unep.ch UNEP GEO Data Portal] -  more than 500 different variables, as national, subregional, regional and global statistics or as geospatial data sets
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* [http://www.landcover.org/ Global Land Cover Facility] -  Global SRTM, Landsat, MODIS, and AVHRR datasets
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* [http://srtm.csi.cgiar.org/ CGIAR Consortium for Spatial Information] - Global SRTM data
  
 
=== Geo Data Repository & Policy Research ===
 
=== Geo Data Repository & Policy Research ===
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* [http://www.findgis.com FindGIS - Florida City, County & Goverment Agency GIS Data Download & FTP Sites]
 
* [http://geodatacommons.umaine.edu/CGDPlone University of Maine Commons for Geographic Data]
 
* [http://geodatacommons.umaine.edu/CGDPlone University of Maine Commons for Geographic Data]
* [http://metrogis.org MetroGIS] Twin Cities, MN Metro Area Public Agency Data Sharing Effort
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* [http://www.metrogis.org MetroGIS] [http://datafinder.org Datafinder] Twin Cities, MN Metro Area Public Agency Data Sharing Effort (includes section on benefits/testimonials from public geodata)
 
* [http://www.gis.state.mn.us MN Governor's Council on Geographic Information]
 
* [http://www.gis.state.mn.us MN Governor's Council on Geographic Information]
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* [http://www.oasisnyc.org New York City Open Accessible Space Information System]
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* [http://www.mass.gov/mgis Massachusetts GIS]
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On the [[Geodata Repository]] page, a draft outline for OSGeo's own repository project is being prepared.
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=== Geo Data Policy Advocacy ===
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* [http://www.publicgeodata.org/ Public Geodata Project] (IRC: [irc://freenode/publicgeodata publicgeodata]) with the support of the Open Knowledge Foundation
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* [http://okfn.org/geo/manifesto.php Open Access to State-Collected Geospatial Data Manifesto]
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* [http://www.freeourdata.org.uk/ Free Our Data: Make taxpayers' data available to them] (United Kingdom)
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* [http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/11/1524&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en) Proposal to open public data] by Neelie Kroes, European Commission
  
 
=== Open Access ===
 
=== Open Access ===
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* [http://oa.mpg.de/openaccess-golm/index.html Berlin 4 Open Access - From Promise to Practice - March 29-31, 2006 Golm, Germany]
 
* [http://oa.mpg.de/openaccess-golm/index.html Berlin 4 Open Access - From Promise to Practice - March 29-31, 2006 Golm, Germany]
 
* [http://oa.mpg.de/openaccess-berlin/berlindeclaration.html Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities]
 
* [http://oa.mpg.de/openaccess-berlin/berlindeclaration.html Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities]
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* [http://www.conservationcommons.org/ Conservation Commons] - "The Conservation Commons is characterized by an underlying set of Principles which supports open access to, and in particular the fair use of, data and information related to the conservation of biodiversity."
 
* [http://www.locusforums.org/forum/ The Locus Forum] - "The Locus Association is a trade association of private organisations working to increase opportunities and reduce barriers to fair trade between the public and private sector, particularly in the use of Public Sector Information."
 
* [http://www.locusforums.org/forum/ The Locus Forum] - "The Locus Association is a trade association of private organisations working to increase opportunities and reduce barriers to fair trade between the public and private sector, particularly in the use of Public Sector Information."
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* [http://ppgis.iapad.org/ Public Participation GIS] - "
  
== Further Reading ==
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=== Geodata formats ===
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* [[Geodata formats]] Discussion
  
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== Further Reading ==
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* [http://technology.guardian.co.uk/weekly/story/0,,1736751,00.html Ordnance Survey challenged to open up] - 2006-03-23 article in the Guardian
 
* [http://technology.guardian.co.uk/weekly/story/0,,1726229,00.html Give us back our crown jewels] - 2006-03-09 article in the Guardian
 
* [http://technology.guardian.co.uk/weekly/story/0,,1726229,00.html Give us back our crown jewels] - 2006-03-09 article in the Guardian
 
* [http://www.directionsmag.com/article.php?article_id=2107&trv=1 Why Europe Needs to Provide its Own Public Geodata ] by Jo Walsh (Feb 15, 2006)
 
* [http://www.directionsmag.com/article.php?article_id=2107&trv=1 Why Europe Needs to Provide its Own Public Geodata ] by Jo Walsh (Feb 15, 2006)
* [http://www.systemed.net/blog/entry060311122655.html ShareAlike considered harmful for geodata] by Richard Fairhurst, a critique of GPL-like licensing situations with suggested LGPL-like model for distribution.
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* [http://www.systemed.net/blog/legacy/entry060311122655.html ShareAlike considered harmful for geodata] by Richard Fairhurst, a critique of GPL-like licensing situations with suggested LGPL-like model for distribution.
 
*  "Open Source Software for Spatial Data Infrastructure (FOSSDI)". SDIC submitted 2005 to INSPIRE/EU. <br> [http://mpa.itc.it/markus/papers/sdic_call_fossdi.pdf PDF with layout] | [http://inspire.jrc.it/ir/sdic_view_step1_only.cfm?id=2163 HTML without layout]
 
*  "Open Source Software for Spatial Data Infrastructure (FOSSDI)". SDIC submitted 2005 to INSPIRE/EU. <br> [http://mpa.itc.it/markus/papers/sdic_call_fossdi.pdf PDF with layout] | [http://inspire.jrc.it/ir/sdic_view_step1_only.cfm?id=2163 HTML without layout]
* [http://mitworld.mit.edu/stream/268/ Open Networks and Open Society: The Relationship between Freedom, Law, and Technology] - MIT World video featuring Hal Abelson, John Wilbanks, Creative Commons
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* [http://mitworld.mit.edu/video/270/ Open Networks and Open Society: The Relationship between Freedom, Law, and Technology] - MIT World video featuring Hal Abelson, John Wilbanks, Creative Commons
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* [http://www.metrogis.org/documents/articles/index.shtml Articles] [http://www.metrogis.org/benefits/testimonials/index.shtml Testimonials] [http://www.metrogis.org/benefits/studies/index.shtml Studies] [http://www.metrogis.org/benefits/perf_measure/index.shtml Performance Measures] about [http://www.metrogis.org Metrogis], a collaboration for GIS data sharing in the Twin Cities, MN, USA
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[[Category:Public Geospatial Data Committee]]

Latest revision as of 09:12, 22 January 2013

There is an official foundation committee page which provides more detail on meetings and discussions.

Mission

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, ISO19115 through ISO19139).

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 Geodata_Repository 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.

Approach

After a Definition phase this has become an official committee within OSGeo.

Working Groups

At the first meeting of the geodata committee we decided to focus interest through three Working Groups:

Mailing List

There is a public mailing list and archive for discussion of geodata activities within OSGeo at http://lists.osgeo.org/mailman/listinfo/geodata.

Meetings

This group is having regular meetings on IRC on the #osgeo channel on irc.freenode.net. At the moment this is happening on Thursdays at 16:00 UTC. fixed time

See the Geodata Committee page for more details on past meetings and upcoming agendas.

People interested in participating

Organizations to beneficially connect with

Events

Events where we can either promote our positions or are likely to run into like-minded individuals.

References

Geo Data Repositories / Group Collection Projects

Geo Data Repository & Policy Research

On the Geodata Repository page, a draft outline for OSGeo's own repository project is being prepared.

Geo Data Policy Advocacy

Open Access

There are also more general open access movements, often aimed at scientific data, that could provide a venue for broadening awareness of the geo-specific issues.

Geodata formats

Further Reading