Google has not only become the de facto mapping app, the de facto navigation app, the de facto remote sensing app; the de facto change detection app, etc. It's the de facto National Map as well. The USGS collected the data (imagery, topo, etc.) but Google monetized it. Is this an acceptable model where the government invests but the private sector monetizes data? What is the future of privatization of national geodata?
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