Ordnance Survey Data to be Made Freely Available

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A press release from the British government entitled “Re-mapping the future for Ordnance Survey – making public data public” has announced that the Ordnance Survey will “will open up its data relating to electoral and local authority boundaries, postcode areas and mid scale mapping information.”  freeourdataThe announcement comes after a protracted battle by groups such as the “Free Our Data” coalition headed up by the UK newspaper, The Guardian.   That effort was launched back in March of 2006 with the stance “Our taxes fund the collection of public data – yet we pay again to access it” in a editorial essay entitled “Give us back our crown jewels“. The Guardian reports on the announcement and reaction to it, as well as highlighting other government data sources that still aren’t public. (Via @fulljames and The Map Room)

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