“ Our taxes fund the collection of public data - yet we have to pay again to access it. [Make] it freely available to stimulate innovation” The Guardian “Free Our Data” web site “ Why, sir, I pray, are the streets not as free for me as for you?” Steve Coast, OpenStreetMap Tranio, Taming of the Shrew
sadly it’s not that simple ... Taxes only pay half of the costs Costs are ongoing, not one off Many competing priorities for tax money All geodata is not equal Commercial companies can profit
How the devil Luxury, with his fat rump and potato finger, tickles these together! Fry, lechery, fry! Thersites, Troilus and Cressida
Land of the Free “ For mine own part, I breathe free breath.” Armado, Love’s Labour’s Lost
I think we should raise taxes or cut spending on schools to do better mapping
Slide courtesy Larry Moore, from Briefing to the USGS State Partnerships Meeting
USGS Topo Map Missing Pepsi Center (Built 10 years ago)
TIGER data US Census Bureau
The US situation No large scale “national map” Utilities and local governments map themselves Most cities are mapped many times Significant map inconsistencies flickr.com/photos/izik/3215303355/
National Mapping Agencies Cost Product Good product but expensive Free or cheap but product lacking We want to be here ...
The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence
“ Free” (taxpayers foot the whole bill) is not the right answer Elements of a solution Reducing costs is key – sensors and crowdsourcing This presentation is too short to explain the entire solution !