[geo-discuss] draft of open letter to MEPs
schuyler at nocat.net
Mon Mar 13 10:51:38 UTC 2006
* On 13-Mar-2006 at 1:00AM PST, Rufus Pollock said:
> I agree that the para is weak and it also duplicates the previous one to
> some extent (hence the 'could drop this para'). The one problem with the
> substitution is that in the previous para we already have:
> 'This is an important issue as it is estimated that fully 80% of all
> information collected by government has a spatial component and
> geographic information is needed for environmental, census, and
> transport purposes among many others.'
> I also would prefer to be more explicit about what 'effective use'
> means. As it stands the statement is undoubtedly correct but doesn't
> mean much since it is not clear what effective use entails. IMO
> effective use is only possible under open access and we should make that
Okay, how about keeping the second para and adding something like
"Public access to geodata is a key to creating more jobs, and hence,
more economic activity in Europe."
I think this is important :) and it will give the second para needed
'oomph'. I think if you take it out the Open Letter becomes shorter,
true, but also less compelling.
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