Europe needs access to free map data to compete

Very interesting post by David Tebbutt about a crucial difference between the UK/Europe and the USA. It’s all about how in America you can "freely use zip codes to pick up geographic coordinates from a number of free sources". David points out that in the UK you pay, despite the fact it is government data paid for by you and me. This puts UK companies that want to develop innovative map-related services at a serious global commercial disadvantage.

There is a longer post about this from Paul Miller and you can sign an online petition here. I’ve also responded to a comment on Paul’s blog about the futility of petitions. They are not one of the most effective lobbying tools. Nothing can beat the personal touch. A personalised letter to your MP or MEP will always have much greater effect (but it must be yours – constituency for an MP and region for an MEP)

Cross-posted to Stuart’s Soapbox.


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International communications consultant and PR trainer specialising in online public affairs, digital corporate communications, online PR and social media; frequent national media commentator and conference speaker.
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