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Awesome Public Datasets

Caitlin Dempsey

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.

California Supreme Court Rules that GIS Data are Public Record

Rebecca Maxwell

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.

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Ordnance Survey Data to be Made Freely Available

Caitlin Dempsey

The UK's Ordnance Survey will "will open up its data relating to electoral and local authority boundaries, postcode areas and mid scale mapping information."