GeoConnections Data Licensing Best Practices Guide Available

November 26 2008

On behalf of GeoConnections (Canada), the Data Licensing Guide Working Group recently issued version two of The Dissemination of Government Geographic Data-Best Practices Guide. This updated guide enhances the initial version in several ways.

First, it adds a fourth data-licensing model-an unrestricted-use template-to the existing end-user model, reseller model, and value-added reseller model. Both the end-user and new unrestricted models come in two varieties: fee-based and non-fee based.

Second, the new guide is more Internet friendly and intuitive, reflecting the technological advances in web-based services, distributed computing, and other user applications. It also accommodates changes in government data dissemination policy.

And finally, the new version offers standard legal clauses that allow users to customize data-licensing agreeements.

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