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Open Data policy

Lena Hallin-Pihlatie
By Lena Hallin-Pihlatie

Land Use and Land Cover information is needed for a lot of different purposes in public organisations and in the private sector. The objective of Open Data policy is for information to be collected in connection with its creation and to be used thereafter always when the information is needed.

In Finland, the Ministry of Finance Working Group on Promoting the Availability and Use of Public Sector Information Resources Information published a report including proposals in 2012 (link to the summary), which is being adopted according to the following principles

Principle 1:

  • No fees should be charged for the electronic disclosure in standard form of information between public sector authorities. In the disclosure of information, disclosure restrictions and other limitations should be taken into account .

Principle 2:

  • Information held by public sector authorities in electronic form should be made available as widely as possible to citizens, companies, research, education and the whole of society, taking into account disclosure restrictions and other limitations relating to the information. Information should be disclosed primarily free of charge or at extraction cost. Fees should be charged for information disclosure at most in accordance with the PSI Directive

In Finland governmental and regional level Land Use and Land Cover data are to a large extent shared at practically no cost. What is the status and possilbe bottlenecks in your country?



Land Cover & Use

Land Cover & Use

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