Massive databases? Not quite yet

There are many reports about the increased use of massive databases, but Mapping Hacks reports on one reason why they may be slower to take off: competitive proprietary information.

Theres a ridiculous wrangle in the UK between the Ordinance Survey and everyone else. The OS owns all the official address and geolocation data in the UK – in a bizarre system that only a British government could have set up, OS is able to demand that local authorities supply data to it (at some cost to themselves) – and then sells it back to them. No free data here.

The result is competing standards, incomplete coverage, and so on; and the usual delays and incompetencies that go with monopolies.

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