On Wednesday April 2nd the BCS Geospatial Specialist Group is hosting a presentation by Michael Cross on the Free Our Data campaign which seeks to make the data collected by government-funded and approved agencies, available for use for free. The campaign asserts that charging for this data 'restricts innovation and artificially restricts the number and variety of organisations that can offer services based on that most useful data - which our taxes have helped to collect.' Michael will be explaining the rationale behind, and taking questions about, the sometimes controversial campaign, now in its third year.
Michael Cross is a freelance journalist and regular contributor to the Guardian. He has worked as a journalist on seven continents, spending most of his time nowadays in the UK, exploring the intimate labyrinths of government IT and information policy. He is joint founder of the Free Our Data campaign, and is a member of the National Union of Journalists, the Association of British Science Writers and the British Computer Society.
NB This event is free and open to members and non-members alike, but registration is required. If you would like to attend this event please register by sending an email to GSG.Event@Googlemail.com
The presentation will be preceded by the BCS Geospatial Groups' AGM. To vote on any issues raised at the AGM you will need to be a member of the Geospatial SG. The AGM will take place from 1820 with the Michael's talk immediately following this at 1830. There will be opportunties for networking and as usual refreshments will provided before and after the event. We look forward to seeing you there.