Calif. Supreme Court: Government GIS databases must be open to public

07/10/2013 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

Government geographic information systems databases fall under public records law and must be provided at cost of duplication, the California Supreme Court ruled Monday. The ruling will likely make it easier for advocacy organizations, environmentalists and journalists to get access to the databases, Tony Barboza writes. While many of California's counties already provide the databases for a small fee, the case stemmed from Orange County's refusal to provide a land database to the Sierra Club without the group paying a licensing fee.

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