The argument is simple: government-funded and approved agencies such as the Ordnance Survey and UK Hydrographic Office and Highways Agency collect data using our funds, but then charge users and companies for access to it.
That restricts innovation and artificially restricts the number and variety of organisations that can offer services based on that most useful data – which our taxes have helped to collect.
We need to do more and more lobbying in this direction here in Italy, for free geodata. Having support from the media would be great, but we all know that they’re totally absorbed by seeling more copies and dumbing down people’s brains.
One mission for GFOSS.