Geographic data are used in all sectors of society to support a huge range of applications ranging from emergency response to land-use planning to location-based services. In the past, government agencies typically acquired ownership of such data from private-sector and other data producers and distributed these data without restriction. Licensing--whereby the producer may restrict redistribution--has emerged as an alternative business model that agencies must now consider among a suite of procurement options. The report highlights licensing perspectives and experiences of major stakeholder groups and examines the pros and cons of licensing. It concludes that licensing may be a viable option in some instances and advises agencies on how to best serve societal interests.
Table of Contents
|2 Society's Goals||31-38|
|3 The Geographic Data Market: Offerings, Players, and Methods of Exchange||39-66|
|4 Experiences of Government in Licensing Geographic Data From and To the Private Sector||67-102|
|5 Legal Analysis||103-140|
|6 Economic Analysis||141-156|
|7 The Public Interest||157-176|
|8 Licensing Decisions and Strategies||177-204|
|9 New Institutions||205-226|
|Appendix A: Biographical Sketches of Committee Members||231-240|
|Appendix B: List of Contributors||241-242|
|Appendix C: Digital Geographic Data Available in the United States||243-254|
|Appendix D: Selected Licensing Models, Selected Licensing Alternatives, and Clearview Contract||255-272|
|Appendix E: Glossary||273-278|
|Appendix F: List of Acronyms||279-282|
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