Annual Report Geodata 2007

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Public Geospatial Data Committee

  • Period covered by report: Jan-Dec 2007
  • Contact name: David Bitner

Key Accomplishments

  • Presentations and BOF at FOSS4G2007
  • Support of Open Street Map, Open Aerial Map, and the Flight Gear Scenery Project
  • Support of pulling together imagery during San Diego fires
  • First OSGeo Educational data set available

Areas for Improvement

  • Clear mission and direction that make it clear to members and outsiders who we are and what we do
  • Work with others with similar goals so as not to reinvent the wheel
  • Partner with those who need support of our resources
  • Work more closely with Education Committee and education datasets
  • Define clear areas where volunteers can be engaged

Opportunities to Help

  • Strategic Planning -- without clear direction, it is hard to know where we can put peoples efforts to work
  • Cataloguing work - both on software setup side (GeoNetwork) and collecting metadata for public data sets
  • Open Geodata Licensing success stories - writing about how your organisation or project has moved to an open licensing approach, sharing decisions with others

Outlook for 2008

  • Revised Mission
  • Clear Directions
  • Well defined areas where volunteers can get engaged
  • A "GeoPortal" to data running on OSGeo systems