The advancement of utilizing geospatial information via GSI Maps
The Geospatial Information Authority of Japan (GSI) is the national organization that has jurisdiction over the Survey Act, and develops geospatial information. We are also promoting utilization of them based on the Basic Act on the Advancement of Utilizing Geospatial Information. In addition, the Japanese government is promoting the Open Data initiative, in which the government widely discloses public data in machine-readable formats and allows secondary use of them. In accordance with these laws and initiative, we aim to realize a society where geospatial information can be widely and highly utilized by the disclosure of geospatial information. In order to achieve our mission, we are working on providing map data using “GSI Maps” (https://maps.gsi.go.jp/) which is a web map developed by using open source software (OSS) as the basis (Figure 1a). In this paper, we introduce “Three Open Policies” to promote utilizing geospatial information provided via GSI Maps.