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A New Data Policy for IGN Spain

Antonio Rodriguéz, Emilio López, Sebastian Mas, Pedro Vivas, Agustín Cabria, Juan Manuel Rodríguez, Marta Juanatey and Alejandra Sánchez

(Submission #265)


A new data policy for the digital geographic data products of the National Geographic Institute (IGN) of Spain has been defined by the Ministerial Order FOM/2807/2015 of December 18th published on 2015 December the 26th , defining them as Open Data in the sense established by the Open Knowledge Foundation (OKFN) in its open definition. There are a wide variety of good reasons for open (publish without restrictions) the data produced by a public body that have been taken into account by IGN to take this decision: In what extent a public body has the right of invoking copyright to limit the public access to a dataset produced with public funds and as a part of its duties?; to have Open data is very convenient for a country (PIRA and other reports); the G8, G20 and UN supports Open Data; selling data is not more a good business; it open the door to Volunteer Geographic Information (VGI); it allows public official geodata to compete in fair conditions with similar VGI and Open Data projects; is the best way to maximize the usage of reference data; there is a great social demand for Open Data; and it would generate a very benefic synergy with Public Sector Information (PSI) reuse, transparency and INSPIRE (Directive 200772/CE) implementation. The final objectives are to promote the information society and the infomediary sector, to maximize the exploitation and reuse of official reference geodata and to ease the generation of added value data products and services, and suataintable wealth. In this presentation, a description of the arguments supporting this decision, some figures about the impact of the new data policy, the terms of the new IGN license and their implementation in the CNIG Download Centre, the discussion of how properly solve the problem of attribution in the case of collective authorship under the umbrella of the National Cartographic System (SCN) and some general consideration on the topic are given, as well as some ideas about the existing lack of licenses interoperability. We are convinced that some of the obstacles to be removed to maximize the positive impact and the cost/benefit rate of INSPIRE Directive implementation are the lack of a universal Open Data and Services policy and the use of non-interoperable licenses.


Topic Area:  [2.4] INSPIRE + Open Data + COPERNICUS
Abstract Type:  Oral Presentation

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