Free geo-information from National Land Survey of Iceland
Last month the National Land Survey of Iceland announced it was making digital maps and spatial data available for free to ensure the general public in Iceland would always have access to authoritative environmental and natural resources information. The data are currently used in a number of public projects, including planning, conservation, energy and natural hazard initiatives. Although the data will still be subject to copyright, it’s hoped that making it available at no cost will support the increased use of the data across private and public sectors, the tourism industry and within education.
Following the lead of neighbouring European countries such as Denmark, the government in Iceland decided making the spatial data available for free was an inevitable part of the progression towards a ‘… more open and transparent society‘ and the data should be considered a public asset, not a marketable product.