Geodata Access Act

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Basic data
Title: Law on access to digital geospatial data
Short title: Geodata Access Act
Abbreviation: GeoZG
Type: Federal law
Scope: Federal Republic of Germany
Legal matter: Special administrative law
References : 2129-52
Issued on: February 10, 2009
( BGBl. I p. 278 )
Entry into force on: February 14, 2009
Last change by: Art. 1 G of 7 November 2012
( Federal Law Gazette I p. 2289 )
Effective date of the
last change:
November 16, 2012
(Art. 2 G of November 7, 2012)
GESTA : N031
Please note the note on the applicable legal version.

The Act on Access to Digital Geodata ( Geodata Access Act ) is a German federal act. It concerns the geodata , geodata services and metadata available at the federal authorities and the federal corporations or institutions under public law . According to the Convention on the Law of the Sea , the scope of application extends to the outermost area of ​​the Federal Republic of Germany including the exclusive economic zone and continental shelf (§§ 1, 2 GeoZG).

The law itself is based on the INSPIRE Directive of the European Communities ( Directive 2007/2 / EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of March 14, 2007 on the creation of a spatial data infrastructure in the European Community (INSPIRE) ; OJ EU L 108 of April 25, 2007). The acronym INSPIRE stands for Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Community . The federal law serves to implement this European directive into national law at federal level and is related to the development of the spatial data infrastructure in Germany (GDI-DE). For spatial data in the area of ​​responsibility of the federal states and municipalities as well as their corporations and institutions, state laws apply that are similar to the federal spatial data access law and also serve to implement the INSPIRE directive into national law, but exclusively for the state and municipal level.

The Geodata Access Act regulates access to exclusively German geodata that is available in electronic form and that is in the area of ​​responsibility of a federal agency that holds geodata or of a federal legal entity under public law (Section 2 GeoZG). The data are to be made available for general use. The information on the further use of information (§ 11 GeoZG) also applies to them . Access restrictions may result. a. by reference to the Environmental Information Act (§ 12 GeoZG).

For more specific regulation, the legislator has implemented an authorization to issue ordinances in § 14 GeoZG, which enables statutory ordinances without the consent of the Federal Council.

In Switzerland the Federal Law on Geoinformation , also: Geoinformationsgesetz (GeoIG), applies .

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