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There is a wealth of data locked up because existing government organisations are too scared to give it away or their previous business model revolved around the scarcity of the data. Mapping and GPS are prefect examples of information that once set free, multi-billion dollar business have sprung-up. The US is pretty liberal in what they give away after it has been created with tax payers’ money. Other countries are not as lucky. If you look at software to compute travel distances, route planning, address to lat/lon look-ups, these work much better in the US than in Europe and other countries. It isn’t for lack to talent or skills, but for the lack of open data.

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