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    GIS data and consultants

    Does your municipality share data with consultants? Or for you consultants, what has your experience been in acquiring info from the municipalities you work in?

    What policies do you have regarding data-sharing?
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    Quote Originally posted by dandy_warhol View post
    Does your municipality share data with consultants? Or for you consultants, what has your experience been in acquiring info from the municipalities you work in?

    What policies do you have regarding data-sharing?
    Most Municipalities here in this state make GIS data available for free via their websites or after signing an agreement regarding data. Some charge a fee for quarterly updates. When we work with a municipality, we usually request and recieve this information as a courtesy.
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    It is public information. Under our state laws, anything that doesnt threaten "homeland security" must be released. They can charge a reasonable price for the labor and materials.

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    Most federal agencies and state governments provide free access to the data as downloadable files on the web. Local governments typically provide the information for free to consultants working for a government entity. Face it, if you charge the consultant, they are only going to bill that cost back to the client - whether that is your city, or one of your constituent governments if you are a more regional organization.
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