European public sector agencies that have revised data policies to make data available for little or no cost have seen increased data use by 1,000–10,000 percent. Cost-lowering has spurned new and innovative data uses and attracted new types of data users.
Open-access to geographic information—one of these key data sets—not only results in new data uses and users, but also creates jobs. As the geomatics magazine GIM International reports, “The market size and growth of the geographic information sector shows the potential of public data as an engine for job creation. The German market for geo-information in 2007 was estimated at €1.4 billion, a 50 percent increase since 2001. In the Netherlands, the geo-sector accounted for 15,000 full-time employees in 2008. Other areas such as meteorological data, legal information and business information also form the basis of steadily growing markets.”
For Further Information:
+ Europe Opens Access to Public Data, GIM International