Geographic Data and the Law

Defining New Challenges

Katleen Janssen (Editor), Joep Crompvoets (Editor),

Category: Law

Language: English

ISBN: 9789058679246

Publication date: November 29, 2012

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Number of pages: 200

Size: 240 x 160 x 10 mm

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A must-read for academics, practitioners and policymakers dealing with legal aspects of geographic data
The increasing availability and use of geographic data in today’s society give rise to many legal barriers and pitfalls, which are often unknown to or underestimated by policymakers and stakeholders.

Geographic Data and the Law stands at the forefront of current research on a topic of increasing urgency in the geographic information field: the legal challenges relating to spatial data infrastructures (SDI). The expert authors highlight current and emerging practices and trends in tackling these challenges, and showcase how law and policy can be used proactively to stimulate the use of geographic data.

In a three-part presentation, the book deals with open licensing and data lifecycle regulation; limitations on the availability of geographic data based on privacy, liability, and national security; and the interplay between the public and private sectors on the market for geographic data and information products.

Bringing together contributions from knowledgeable and well-known scholars and practitioners in the field, this book is must-read material for academics, practitioners, and policymakers dealing with any aspect of geographic data.

This publication is GPRC-labeled (Guaranteed Peer-Reviewed Content).

Table of Contents

About the Editors

About the Authors

List of Abbreviations


Policies Promoting Availability

Towards True Interoperable Geographic Data: Developing a Global Standard for Geo-data Licences

Cultivating Open Geodata Ecologies: Lessons from the Implementation of the INSPIRE Directive

Juggling Information Policy, Rights to Information and Copyright Licensing to Enhance the Accessibility and Reusability of Spatial Data: The Australian Experience

Policies Restricting Availability

Summary of Location Privacy in the United States

The Processing of Location Data under the European Data Protection

Legal Framework: Behavioural Profi ling via Location Tracking

Geographic Data and Legal Liability Issues

High Resolution Data Dissemination against the Background of National Security in India

Relationship between the Public and Private Sector

The Relationship between the Public and Private Sector in the Spatial Information Market: How to Define their Roles?

Measuring Public Value with the Public Value Test: Best or Worst Practice?


Conclusions: Future Legal Challenges for Geographic Data and SDI

List of Main References

Katleen Janssen

Katleen Janssen is Postdoctoral Researcher at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Law and ICT (ICRI) of the University of Leuven and co-chair of the INSPIRE Drafting Team on Data and Service Sharing.

Joep Crompvoets

Joep Crompvoets is Senior Researcher at the Public Management Institute of the University of Leuven, and the Centre for Spatial Data Infrastructure and Land Administration of the University of Melbourne.

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