If you’re looking for sources of public data tucked into web sites, then check out Awesome Public Datasets, Free GIS Datasets, and Open Data Inception’s map of open data portals.
After a lengthy battle in the court system, California’s Supreme Court has finally ruled in favor of allowing public access to the government’s GIS data in Orange County. Back in 2007, the Sierra Club sued the county for the right to use its GIS data for environmental mapping projects. Orange County resisted, however, claiming that the digital maps did not fall under the Public Records Act.
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.” The announcement comes after a […]
The County of Santa Clara in California, which has battled fiercely against public information record requests for its GIS data, has recently paid a $500,000 settlement to the First Amendment Coalition. The settlement will cover the legal fees of the watchdog organization which first sued the county in 2006 for […]