USGS DRGs being held to ransom!
jo at frot.org
Sun Aug 27 18:17:18 EDT 2006
dear geodata posse,
I had not run across this project before - http://libre.redjar.org/maps/
- an effort to collect and freely redistribute 1:24K USGS DRGs. Now
the maintainer is becoming desperate: [[ I am holding every 1:24,000
scale DRG topographic map hostage ]] - http://ransom.redjar.org
Once the dataset escapes captivity, it could be a great candidate to
stick behind a WMS on the repository at telascience.
Commentary and/or related art would be gratefully received, i think.
----- Forwarded message from Jared <jared at redjar.org> -----
Delivered-To: jo at vishnu.tridity.org
To: jo at frot.org
From: Jared <jared at redjar.org>
Subject: Free the Maps!
Date: Sun, 27 Aug 2006 16:59:47 -0400
I've read about Public Geo Data project and was hoping you could help
me out with a similar project I've been working on in the US. While
the map/gis data that the US government creates is Public Domain,
they still charge for actually getting the data. 2.5 years ago I
started the Libre Map Project: http://libre.redjar.org/maps
The goal is obtain this data and make it available for free via the
Internet. I've primarily been focused on collecting DRG topographic
maps to begin with. It has been a slow process. So I've decided to
turn it up a notch by using the "Ransom Model".
I've purchased all the US DRG's (digital topographic maps) from a
USGS business partner. The Internet Archive has agreed to host the
data, but before I hand over the data, I've put up a $1600 ransom
that must be met through donations and purchases of the data on DVD.
Once the ransom is met, every map will be made Freely available for
My motivation is strictly to make this data Freely available for
others. I'm hoping that you can help out by spreading the word about
the project. If you have questions or any other feedback, please let
The map ransom page is here:
Thanks for your time.
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