One example of open data advancement is a project mandated by the Washington State Legislature in 2015, which involves the collection, processing and sharing of LiDAR data with the public by the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The goal is to cover the entire state.
There is so much potential and there are so many needs on so many levels with respect to open geospatial data that still need to be addressed. It will require some serious forward thinking to make the data as meaningful as possible.
When a surveyor retires, a wealth of knowledge goes with them. Mix that reality with the fact that there is not necessarily a sufficient stream of incoming surveyors to replace their aging predecessors and it becomes clear that action must be taken.