Licensing Geographic Data and Services

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Licensing Geographic Data and Services

National Research Council, "Licensing Geographic Data and Services"
English | 2004-10-12 | ISBN: 0309092671 | 297 pages | PDF | 5.8 mb

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.