Towards the Global Harmonization of Licenses for Geographic Data

Workshop #2: “Towards the Global Harmonization of Licenses for Geographic Data”

Monday, May 14, 2012 at the Global Spatial Data Infrastructure 13 Conference, Quebec, Canada

2. Organizer/Contact Person
Dr. Bastiaan van Loenen, Chair, GSDI Association Legal and Socioeconomic Committee, b.vanloenen@tudelft.nl, +31(0)152782554

3. Workshop Description and Goals
On the basis of the work of the GSDI Legal and Socioeconomic Committee on the comparison and categorization of key licence components, this workshop will explore the possibilities for developing a set of model licences that can be applied globally to the dissemination of geographic data. Participants will explore the needs and interests of data providers and the users in the licensing process and try to develop a common understanding of the priorities for a global licensing framework. From this, the group will try to reach preliminary agreement on a limited number of license terms and conditions that might be applied on a global level.

4. Workshop Topics
What is the problem? What are potential solutions?
Open access license provisions
Commercial license provisions
Potential unified frameworks
Committee approach and progress to date
Towards a minimal set of workable terms and conditions for most providers and users

5. Workshop Instructors/Speakers
Dr. Katleen Janssen, K.U.Leuven, Interdisciplinary Centre for Law and ICT, Belgium
Dr. Bastiaan van Loenen, Delft University of Technology, OTB Research Institute for the Built Environment, Netherlands
Graham Vowles, Bloxstore Limited, United Kingdom

6. Intended Audience
Attendees should be generally familiar with the licensing challenges when attempting to merge geographic data from multiple sources. Recommended reading prior to participation in the workshop includes Quest for a Global Standard for Geo-data Licenses and Legal Interoperability in Support of Spatially Enabling Society

7. Location
Room 2104A, Convention Center

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