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Subject: [UCGIS LISTSERV] Note for UCGIS members: UCGIS Endorsement of California Data Access Amicus Brief
Date: Wed, 7 May 2008 10:24:34 -0400
From: Jeremy Mennis <[log in to unmask]>
To: Marilyn Lutz <[log in to unmask]>

Forwarded on behalf of Francis Harvey…


UCGIS has endorsed an Amicus Brief filed in California involving questions of geographic information access. The Santa Clara Superior Court agreed with arguments presented by the California First Amendment Coalition that Santa Clara county should charge minimal cost, impose no restrictions in access to its geographic information "basemap".  Prior to the suit the Santa Clara county charged over $100,000 for its public data. The county has since lodged an appeal which will be heard by the state Appeals Court. The amicus brief will be considered in the appeal. Further details are available at the following web site: The Amicus Brief is available at:


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