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Greenwich GIS data goes online

Greenwich, UK, 16 June 2007: After fighting for years to limit access to aerial photographs of Greenwich in a municipal database, officials announced that they will post them on the town’s Web site along with supporting information on the location and dimension of landmarks such as wetlands, flood zones, open space and property lines.

The Board of Selectmen voted unanimously to release the information in the town’s GIS for the public to download for free.

It also agreed to slash the price for electronic copies of the photographs and the data to $1 each on the advice of Information Technology Director Boris Hutorin, who told the board that the town should be consistent with pricing guidelines recently adopted for state agencies.

The town, which spent $3 million to create the database in 1997, currently charges $26 for electronic copies of the aerial photos and $53 for what is known as planimetric data.