least the price is negotiable. The public just wants free services. If the members of the public cannot get free information from the government, they will try to get it from somewhere else.


In conclusion, the accessibility is improving, but the municipalities also need to comply with the Freedom of Information Act. There is still too much emphasis on protecting intellectual property rights. There are still no consistent and transparent licenses, although the government agencies are trying to work on that. Transparency of cost is needed too, as is some legal clarification about what is an economic activity under the law. There are some court cases pending, and until they are resolved, there will be no clarity.


Here are my recommendations: Simplify current licenses and guarantee the funding. If an agency is going to make GI available free of charge, it should be funded from the current budget. At this time such information cannot be funded from sales alone so, yes, perhaps we should involve the private sector.


Within the GeoPortal Consortium we are working with both the public and private sectors, and the private sector really enjoys it. If they can get something out of it like free data, they will help you develop services. For the Authentic Registries, the current legislation is insufficient. The public sector activity will be overtaken by services such as Google Earth’s, and in five years’ time the opportunity will be lost.



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