We free geographic data of the PA with OpenStreetMap!
The title of this article is also the title of which I mentioned at Barcamp InnovatoriPA 2010 which was held on May 19 at the New Fair of Rome. The meeting which was held in Rome has been nothing short of positive. Has breathed an air of innovation and, above all, innovation in the sense of liberation of data of the Public Administration! And so, after I registered to attend the event on the relevant website, I decided to try to make a contribution in venturing a presentation type IGNITE concerning the release of the geographic data of the PA through OpenStreetMap.
I must admit that at the Barcamp InnovatoriPA have managed to breathe an air of innovation towards the release of the data of the PA for me unexpected. I had the pleasure of sitting at the tables of discussion that dealt Open (OpenParlamento, Open Innovation and meta data without permission) and has been a great experience. We hope that you can actually go to this kind of innovation ...
Personally, the goal of my presentation - that you summarize in a few words - was to highlight the importance that in recent years have taken on the geographical data in everyday life. And 'now common practice to use services like Google Maps, rather than the so-called satellite navigation systems and the like. However, most of the services that we use for the consultation of geographical data, make use of the database "closed"; in the sense that the data contained in the database (and of course the same database) and represented on the maps we use can not be exploited in a different way from mere consultation.
Yet there is a way to make use of geographic data freely. My statement is embodied by some simple assumptions:
1) Public Administration is the holder of a huge amount of geographic data. Proof of this are the services like the National Cartographic Portal or the many regional portals that meettono available geographic data more or less complex. The handicap, though, is that the data is always distributed under licenses that do not allow the reuse of data. This is not good! Least because those data were acquired / developed with public money, and I see no reason why you should pay to dispose of it in a different way from mere consultation!
2) To date, there are both IT tools, both legal instruments to open the geographic data of the PA and make it free!
IT tool called OpenStreetMap . We have already spoken of this project and here I add only that I do not think that would be so farfetched an idea to use it freely contributing through the donation of the geographical data in the possession of the PA.
Even more important, to date there is the legal instrument to dismiss the data of the PA and this tool is, in fact, licensed to grant the data. If until now the most popular licenses for the release of the data and information has been the Creative Commons, a little less than a year we also have the new license ODbL to dismiss the database and the data they contain.
So, the question we should ask is: what future for the map data (and not only) of the PA? Discuss it.
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