‘Misguided’ Nations Lock Up Valuable Geospatial Data

On Tuesday Jan Piotrowski published a interesting article “‘Misguided’ Nations Lock Up Valuable Geospatial Data” in SciDevNet. In it he criticizes those developing nations that fail to provide open access to their wealth of geospatial data. He argues that this practice is misguided and counter-productive as open-data policies could offer a greater economic boost than closed ones: “The potential of such data that incudes geographic positioning information, including satellite imagery, to aid fields such as disaster response, agriculture, conservation and city planning far outweighs any potential value from selling the information.” Piotrowski quotes Paul Uhlir, US National Academy of Sciences: “Open data policies are much more economically generative than closed ones.”