[geo-discuss] draft of open letter to MEPs

Schuyler Erle schuyler at nocat.net
Mon Mar 13 04:49:47 UTC 2006

* On 12-Mar-2006 at  7:10AM PST, Rufus Pollock said:
> I planned to just make a few edits but ultimately due to coupling I have 
> ended up doing a complete rewrite :( which I insert below.

Rufus, I like what you've written as it is "punchier" (to use Jo's
word) than what's currently on http://publicgeodata.org/Open_Letter,
but this paragraph is totally unconvincing:

> A Directive establishing a framework for sharing geographic information 
> that promoted open access would enhance economic competitiveness, social 
> wellbeing, and collaboration between member states. It would strenghten 
> civil society, create jobs and services and improve environmental and 
> resource management. [ED note: could drop this para]

Allow me to regurgitate a bit of text from the current page:

  Though [INSPIRE] emphasises environmental information, the data sets
  it covers are needed for to census, electoral, transport and utilities
  purposes. Effective use of geographic information is a key to creating
  more jobs, and more economic activity in Europe.

Far be it from me to remind an economist to state strongly the
economic case for what we want here... :) But it *is* the one facet of
this discussion that no one could possibly object to, like Mom or home


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