New and Improved Data Licensing Best Practices Guide Now Available

The Data Licensing Guide Working Group, on behalf of GeoConnections, has issued version two of  The Dissemination of Government Geographic Data in Canada – Guide to Best Practices on November 28, 2008.

This updated version of the Best Practices Guide enhances the initial version in several ways. First, it expands the types of licensing templates commonly used in Canada. As with the first version, you’ll find licensing templates for the end-user model, the reseller model, and the value-added reseller model. But you now get an unrestricted-use model template as well. Second, the new guide reflects the rapid development and technological advances in web-based services, distributed computing, and other user applications. In other words, the revised guide is more Internet friendly and intuitive. It also accommodates changes in government data dissemination policy. And finally, the new version offers standard legal clauses that allow you to customize your data-licensing agreeements, should you want. These clauses deal with topics such as intellectual property rights, source protection and acknowledgment, fees, royalties, reporting, representations, warranties, and indemnities.

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