England opens raw #LiDAR
points for free download.
It is finally happening! The Environment Agency - that had already wooed the open data movement last year by distributing DTM and DSM rasters of up to 25 cm resolution for most of England - started to also distribute their raw LiDAR point cloud archives. Yesterday the Environment Agency announced on their blog that the first chunk of LASzip compressed LAZ files went online. It contains around 16,600 square kilometers of survey data that was captured between July 2014 and November 2015, equivalent to 10 times the size of greater London. The remainder of their point cloud archive, for surveys going as far back as 2005, will be released by the end of June 2016. Long live the Queen ... (-:
Germany, Poland, France, Czech Republic, Austria, Norway, Sweden, ... are becoming increasingly uncool ... geospatially speaking ... as more European nations are embracing open data. When will they follow the great open data example that Finland, Holland, Denmark, Spain, England and others are setting? Stop holding our LiDAR hostage!!! You used our taxes to pay for that data ...