EARSC Open data study - Final Report
About GMES and Data: Geese and Golden Eggs: A Study on the Economic Benefits of a Free and Open Data Policy for GMES Sentinels Data
information services in support of public policy notably for the environment and security. Hence theacronym GMES – Global Monitoring for Environment and Security.
For a long time it was assumed that the data delivered from GMES would be free to public policymakers, but not for other users. Increasingly, a number of stakeholders, most notably ESA, have argued that it would be more effective to offer this data free of charge to all users. The European Association of Remote Sensing Companies (EARSC) supports this policy as offering the best way to help the emergent EO services industry to develop and indeed to establish itself as a world leader.
Since many governments, especially at the European level, favour the move to free and open policies for all types of government-collected data, it would seem logical to apply this policy to GMES data. In this study, the authors start to bring together the arguments and ideas from the work on PSI re-use and the issues and needs for exploiting GMES.
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