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Freeing the Maps

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Jared Benedict has started an initiative to make U.S. DRGs (digital raster graphics) freely available on the Internet. These 1:24,000 topographic maps are already public domain but must be purchased through a vendor. Finding this situation to be ridiculous Jared began a campaign to raise money to purchase and make them all freely available through the Internet Archive. I’m not sure how long the campaign was going on but by yesterday evening he had reached his goal of $1,600 and is now placing the uploading the images to their final resting place (no indication yet where that will be). An impressive effort to make data more freely available.

What other data awaits release?

1 Responses to “Freeing the Maps”

  1. Anonymous Anonymous 

    The final resting place will be at http://www.archive.org/ ... not sure when though... stay tuned i guess

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