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March 15, 2012


Any consideration of the restrictions these mapping services place on the public and the press in terms of access and sharing?

Why are agencies paying for services that restrict access and limit the sharing of data -when the intent of the service is to get the data to the public?

With existing free technology and access to a table of crime data, most small newspapers and eight graders can map crime data. All the public needs is full open access. Crime maps are good and useful, but data transparency is much better.

Colin Drane

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