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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 


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