“Many people use our data and have no idea where it came from, which frankly I think is good.”
Joe Merrit, GIS manager in Clinton County, Ohio is pround of the data his office gathers and their wide use. He was quoted in the Wilmington News Journal.
The issue is the continued funding of his position and perhaps the growth of the industry. To further both, I think it's very important people know where that data came from, both from a technical sense (is it from satellites, GPS on the ground, etc.?) and an administrative one (county data goes into satnav systems).