Much public data will be free
By Einar Ryvarden
(27.06.2005) - The IT companies get a yes - most of the content and
data financed by the public will be available without cost, but NRK
(Norwegian Broadcasting Company) and the mapping authorities are
probably not smiling.
The principle comes from the USA: If the public contribued with
money, the product should be freely available (gratis). This is
currently practiced very differently from department to department
and other public organizations, something minister of modernisation,
Morten A. Meyer want to clean up.
This is of course really bad news for OpenStreetmap in Norway, as the
need for the project might disappear. And it is great news for the
free map comunities in Norway. :)
I guess someone should send a statement to the norwegian press
expressing the support for this move. I've been in the press the last
two days on other topics, so I do not want to do it myself.