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Submitted by Noel Dickover on
Its terrific to see the World Bank forthrightly address concerns with the Google agreement and state clearly their intention to support open data mapping efforts. The World Bank has consistently been real leaders both in the open data space and in supporting open source efforts like OpenStreetMap, so its great to you all re-iterate this. Unlike 10Com, I think most of us are quite happy that you're working with Google on getting their crisis mapping information faster, but weren't thrilled about the other implications. Speaking as a Co-founder of CrisisCommons (but I'm no longer in a leadership role there), a group supporting open data and open source in the crisis response space, the Bank's leadership especially in GFDRR has critical in this area, and its truly great to see it continue. Bravo!