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New Research on Legal Issues and Validation of Crowdmapping

Rak, Andriy (2013). Legal Issues and Validation of Volunteered Geographic Information.

Abstract: The Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure (CGDI) provides access to authoritative geographic datasets of Canada, which are the source of accurate and reliable data. The process of acquiring, updating and maintaining such datasets using traditional approaches, requires both time and costly resources. As a result, in many cases the datasets are out of date because of the high cost of maintenance. An alternative approach to reliably create and update authoritative datasets is linked to its integration with Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI). VGI provides a vast source of spatial information to government, industry and citizens. However, the integration of VGI with CGDI generates several questions, with VGI quality and legal issues at the forefront.

This research has investigated methods for assessing the quality of VGI, and describes the importance of a link between VGI and legal liability in the need for integration of VGI with CGDI. This research developed a prototype to validate data quality and examined legal liability issues around VGI to discover a strategy for possible integration of VGI with CGDI datasets. The research also provides four primary risk management techniques for CGDI to manage risks resulted from incorporating VGI into their datasets.

M.Sc.E. thesis, Department of Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering Technical Report No. 283, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, 128 pp. (April 2013)

Between the Poles: Towards a global licensing framework for geospatial data

by Geoff Zeiss, Between the Poles, May 17, 2012

…Earlier this week [Goeff Zeiss] attended a workshop at the GSDI 13 conference in Quebec City given by the GSDI Legal and Economic Working group, Bastiaan van Loenen and Katleen Janssen (and Graham Vowles who was not able to make the trip to Quebec), specifically aimed at developing a global licensing framework for geospatial data.  The objective is to harmonize existing licensing without changing fundamental access policies and funding models and compatible with the differences in national legal systems.  The roadmap for the working group is

  1. Review existing licensing frameworks.
  2. Determine the common elements.
  3. Conduct a workshop to reach preliminary agreement on a limited number of license terms and conditions that might be applied at a global level.
  4. Draft a licensing framework.

For full text of this meeting summary, visit Between the Poles: Towards a global licensing framework for geospatial data.

International Workshop on Geospatial Data Quality: Legal, Ethical and Technical Aspects

 International Workshop on Geospatial Data Quality: Legal, Ethical and Technical Aspects

Post GSDI Conference Workshop, May 18 2012

2. Organizer/Contact Person
Marc Gervais (Marc.Gervais@scg.ulaval.ca) or Rodolphe Devillers (rdeville@mun.ca)

3. Workshop Description and Goals
This Friday workshop will summarize the main research findings of a 4-year Canadian GEOIDE project that looked at law, data quality, public protection and ethics in relation to geospatial data. The agenda is below. More details will be found on the GSDI-13 Conference web site shortly, including registration instructions. A small fee will be charged to cover out-of-pocket expenses. The workshop is open to the public.

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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

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Responsible Geospatial Data Sharing: A Canadian Viewpoint

by Rodolphe Devillers, Spatial Data Infrastructure Magazine, March 19, 2012

This article summarizes the main research findings of a 4-year Canadian GEOIDE project that looked at law, data quality, public protection and ethics in relation to geospatial data. The project involved geomatics engineering professionals, geographers and lawyers, giving a multidisciplinary perspective on those questions. Relatively little work had previously been carried out in Canada on the legal framework related to geospatial data, including liability, privacy and intellectual property questions. This project, in collaboration with a number of government (e.g. Natural Resources Canada, Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, Transportation Canada), industry (i.e. Groupe Trifide) and international partners (e.g. CERTU, Eurogeographics, international Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)), laid important foundations in these areas. …

For full text of the article, visit Responsible Geospatial Data Sharing: A Canadian ViewpointSDI Magazine.

Crowdsourced open data postcode project sued by proprietary vendor

According to Geolytica (http://geocoder.ca/?sued=1),”Canada Post” has sued “Geocoder.ca” in Federal Court, asking “Geocoder.ca” to take its crowdsourced database down, and also to “pay Canada Post” damages on lost business the later has suffered by not selling enough copies of their own postal code file. Geocoder.ca allows one to look up a postal code (eg K2C 1N5) on www.geocoder.ca, or www.openstreetmap.org or a number of other sites that use geocoder.ca data and technology. See also the summary article by Michael Geist, link below.

Webinar on Geospatial Privacy

Geospatial Privacy: Why You Should Know About it and How it Can be Handled

  • English Webinar: Tuesday, September 27, 2011 – 1:30 PM (Eastern Daylight Time)
  • French Webinar: Wednesday, September 28, 2011 – 1:30 PM (Eastern Daylight Time)

Webinar Overview
The GeoConnections Program invites you to learn about and discuss emerging issues in geospatial privacy and how these issues can be handled. GeoConnections has conducted a number of studies and supported the development of guidelines related to geospatial privacy. This webinar session will introduce Geospatial Privacy Awareness and Risk Management – Guide for Federal Agencies, a March 2010 guideline that was created to be widely applicable to not only the federal public sector but other levels of government, the private sector, the academic sector, non-governmental organizations, and the general public. In addition, you will learn about other recent GeoConnections work on this topic, including:

  • International Comparative Analysis of Geospatial Information Privacy, March 2010 – an overview of how other leading nations in the implementation of spatial data infrastructure are dealing with geospatial privacy issues
  • Research Related to Privacy and the Use of Geospatial Information, November 2009 – the results of public opinion research in Canada related to the implications of geospatial privacy
  • A Manager’s Guide to Public Health Geomatics , February 2010 – overview of privacy issues in public health geomatics
  • Anonymizing Geospatial Data, 2010 – introduction to web-based tools for anonymizing geospatial data (i.e., preventing the identification of individuals)
  • Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure Operational Policies Needs Analysis – Privacy, March 2011 – results of the recent analysis of the need for operational policy instruments in this area

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) will also speak about their work related to geospatial privacy…. If you would like to participate, please click here to register for this webinar. If you would like more information, please contact Kim Stephens by e-mail at kims [at] hickling [dot] ca, or by telephone at 613-237-2220, ext. 205.

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