Tag Archive | Land Parcels

Ohio Court: Geodata Intertwined with Proprietary Software Falls Outside Open Records Law

Supreme Court Rules County Engineer’s Response Met Requirements of Public Records Act

by Dennis Whalen, CNO, March 7, 2013

The Supreme Court of Ohio today denied a writ of mandamus sought by Portsmouth real estate appraiser Robert Gambill to compel the production of certain public records by Scioto County Engineer Craig Opperman.In a 6-1 per curiam opinion, the court held that Opperman met the requirements of the Ohio Public Records Act by offering to provide Gambill with a copy of the county’s electronic database containing deed information and aerial photos of all property in the county if Gambill paid the estimated $2,000 cost of separating that data from proprietary mapmaking software protected by U.S. patent laws that is “inextricably intertwined” with the data on the engineer’s computer.

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See also High Court Rules in Favor of County (Portsmouth Daily Times), Ohio Court: Geodata Intertwined with Copyright-protected Software Falls Outside Open Records Law (Directions Magazine).

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House Hearing on Technology to Improve Financial Oversight


The House Committe on Financial Services – Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will hold a hearing this morning that will touch on the use of parcel data for monitoring the mortgage industry.

The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations


Utilizing Technology to Improve TARP and Financial Oversight

  10:00 a.m., September 17, 2009, 2128 Rayburn House Office Building
Oversight and Investigations
  Witness List & Prepared Testimony:

  • Mr. Ari Schwartz, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Center for Democracy and Technology
  • Mr. Thomas Quaadman,  Executive Director for Financial Reporting Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Mr. Steve Horne,  Senior Vice President for Master Database Management, Dow Jones and Company
  • Mr. Dilip Krishna, Vice President, Financial Services and Insurance, Teradata Corporation
  • Ms. Susan Marlow, Chief Executive Officer, Smart Data Strategies, Inc., on behalf of MAPPS (Management Association for Private Photogrammetric Surveyors)
  • Mr. Gregory B. Hahn,  Principal, Crowe Horwath LLP
  • Professor Bennet A. Zelner,  Fuqua School of Business, Duke University, on behalf of The Probity Group
  • Mr. Thomas Kimner, Risk Manager, Americas Risk Practice, SAS Institute, Inc.

Visit Website for testimony and live webcast: http://www.house.gov/apps/list/hearing/financialsvcs_dem/hr_090909.shtml


National Geospatial Advisory Committee August Meeting Wrap-Up


The National Geospatial Advisory Committee met on August 26-27, 2009 at the National Conservation Training Center, 698 Conservation Way, Shepherdstown, WV 25443.  For Meeting Summary, updates on Imagery for the Nation, Land Parcels, and Recovery.gov visit: http://www.fgdc.gov/ngac/meetings/august-2009/index_html

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