Managing Intellectual Property Issues in a Commons of Geographic Data
James Campbell, Marilyn Lutz, David McCurry, Harlan Onsrud, Kenton Williams
A significant body of currently "invisible" locally generated non-textual geographic data exists on the hard drives and back-up systems of individual researchers, schools, non-profit groups, private associations, small companies, and other non-governmental organizations.
The data gathered by these small local originators could be of great value to others if its existence and conditions for use were known. A Commons of Geographic Data intends to provide the essential infrastructure needed to store and make accessible this currently "invisible" spatial data for use by anyone.
To encourage potential contributors of this currently "invisible" data to make it available to others in a commons environment, there must be an intellectual property infrastructure in place which:
The Commons of Geographic Data project is designing a software infrastructure which will be rigorous on the "back end" in meeting these requirements for locationally-referenced data while, at the same time, being simple and transparent enough to the user on the "front end" to encourage contributions to the commons.
© Copyright 2007 James Campbell, Marilyn Lutz, David McCurry, Harlan Onsrud, and Kenton Williams