[OSGeo-Discuss] UN FAO and FOSS / OSGEO Projects

P Kishor punk.kish at gmail.com
Wed Jul 21 06:25:15 PDT 2010

On Wed, Jul 21, 2010 at 1:36 AM, Paolo Cavallini <cavallini at faunalia.it> wrote:
> Il 21/07/2010 00:35, Joseph Reeves ha scritto:
>>> Now, do you know any other UN FAO sponsored FOSS / Geo projects?
>> Not only software, but data too; the FAO have released Africover data:
>> http://www.africover.org/
> Well, not really, it seems:
> ===
> Your request is of a public resource, approval for this resource shall be considered.
>  Please use the user panel at: http://www.africover.org/system/user/ to monitor the
> status of your request and to download the data sets if approved.
> Your request will be processed within 14 days.  Should you not receive a response to
> this request in due time, please contact the administrator through the control panel
> for assistance.
> Please note that your request will be rejected if you belong to a private/commercial
> organization or if you are an individual user.  As stated in the Africover website
> within the Data Dissemination section, Africover is not allowed to release data to
> individuals or private and commercial organizations.
> ===
> Quite strange, for data classified as "Public domain", isn't it?

heh, heh... In FAO's worldview, it seems, Public Domain means "Don't
give it to public."

> All the best.
> --
> Paolo Cavallini: http://www.faunalia.it/pc
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