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Thursday, May 22, 2008

OA for Canadian geodata boosts downloads 54-fold

From a Conservation Commons listserv post today by Tom Hammond (thanks to Mick Wilson):

...Downloads of [Canada's] NTDB [National Topographic Data Base] data during the government fiscal year ending in 2007, when a fee for use policy was still in place, numbered under 100,000. A change of policy was enacted during the current fiscal year making the NTDB an open access resource [at GeoGratis] – during which downloads jumped by a magnitude of 54 to well over 5 million....

The jump in downloads occurred between April 1, 2007, when the OA policy took effect, and March 31, 2008.