Tag Archive | PSI

Practical guidelines for open data licensing have been published in the United Kingdom

Thanks to Kevin Pomfret for passing along the following link:

by Katleen Janssen, EPSI Platform, 27 May 2011

Naomi Korn and Charles Oppenheim have prepared a Practical Guide for Licensing Open Data, targeting organisations that want to use open data and want to understand under which terms they can use data licensed by third parties. The Guide relies on work done by the Strategic Content Alliance and JISC projects related to digital content, including Web2Rights. The Guide provides short information on some of the most important legal domains that need to be taken into account when licensing open data (intellectual property rights, contract law, data protection, freedom of information, and breach of confidence). It explains the commonly known open licence models…

For full text of the article, click Licensing Open Data: A Practical Guide at EPSI Platform.

Developing a New Zealand Spatial Data Infrastructure

Developing a National Spatial Data Infrastructure

Author: Hon Maurice Williamson, 16 December 2010, New Zealand Geospatial Strategy

On Monday, Cabinet agreed to the development of a national spatial data infrastructure for New Zealand, and directed Government agencies to get involved now – at the development stage. Cabinet also mandated LINZ, through the NZGO, to assume a leadership role in driving the development of this infrastructure. …

Full text of the article via Developing a National Spatial Data Infrastructure // New Zealand Geospatial Strategy.

Public Sector Information Policies and their Economic Impacts

Borders in Cyberspace: Conflicting Public Sector Information Policies and their Economic Impacts

This summary report by Peter Weiss (February 2002) offers a comparison between the PSI re-use market within the US and Europe and how the impact that the different policy approaches on access, copyright and re-use related to PSI has impacted the PSI re-use market. The report seeks to demonstrate the economic and social benefits of open access and dissemination policies for public sector information, particularly as opposed to the limitations of the “cost recovery ” or  “government commercialisation” approach. The report offers good coverage of conclusions of recent economic and public policy research, as well as examples of failed or limited cost recovery experiments in the US and Europe.

Danish Data Sharing Report Published

Roger Longhorn passed along the following data sharing report, published 12th July 2010.

Danish Enterprise and Construction Authority (DECA) has published an analysis of the social and economic benefits associated with the decision in 2002 to provide the official Danish address data “free of charge” for public as well as commercial re-use. The main conclusion of the study is that the direct financial benefits from the agreement for society in the period 2005-2009 amount to around EUR 62 million (~DKK 471 million). Until 2009 the total costs of the agreement has been around EUR 2 million. In 2010 it is estimated that social benefits from the agreement will be about EUR 14 million, while costs will total about EUR 0.2 million.

A 8-page memo presenting the study and the results can be found here.

Building a National Spatial Data Infrastructure 2.0

In the United States, a lively discussion is emerging on the next generation of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure, with a  focus on its governance and coordination. Below are links to articles, reports and editorials on this topic:

National Geospatial Advisory Council Reports

Federal Geographic Data Committee Reports and Presentations

2009 Proposals for a “National GIS”



NSDI Related Legislation and Hearings


Congressional Oversight Hearings:

Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports to Congress:

Government Accountability Office (GAO) Reports to Congress and Testimony:

Executive Orders, Regulations and Guidelines

Executive Orders:

OMB Circulars and Memos:

FGDC Policies and Guidelines

The Geospatial Platform

NSDI-related Reports and Publications

National Academy of Public Administration Reports:

National Academy of Sciences Reports (PDFs are now free; for full list of Mapping Science Committee reports click here):

Academic Studies:

  • A Policy Appraisal of the National Map, A Federal Program to Provide Basic Geospatial Data For the Nation (Maeve A. Boland, PhD Dissertation, 2005) 

Earth Observation Governance, Priorities and Benefit to Society:

If you know of additional related documents or commentaries, please email us the links!

DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed in the links and resources listed above are not necessarily those of this blog site.

The Socioeconomic Effects of Public Sector Information on Digital Networks


The report announced below focuses extensively on public spatial data policy. You are welcome to redistribute liberally. – Paul +++++++++++++++++++

Dear Colleague,

While governments throughout the world have different approaches to how they make their public sector information (PSI) available and the terms under which the information may be reused, there appears to be a broad recognition of the importance of digital networks and PSI to the economy and to society. However, despite the huge investments in PSI and the even larger estimated effects, surprisingly little is known about the costs and benefits of different information policies on the information society and the knowledge economy. By understanding the strengths and weaknesses of the current assessment methods and their underlying criteria, it should be possible to improve and apply such tools to help rationalize the policies and to clarify the role of the internet in disseminating PSI. This in turn can help promote the efficiency and effectiveness of PSI investments and management, and to improve their downstream economic and social results. The workshop that is summarized in this volume, organized by the U.S. National Committee for CODATA and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, was intended to review the state of the art in assessment methods and to improve the understanding of what is known and what needs to be known about the effects of PSI activities. The report, The Socioeconomic Effects of Public Sector Information on Digital Networks, is available freely online at: http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=12687

Questions or comments about this volume may be sent to me at the contact information below.

Paul Uhlir

Paul F. Uhlir, J.D. Director

NRC Board on Research Data and Information, and IAP Program on Digital Knowledge Resources and Infrastructure in Developing Countries The National Academies, Keck-511 500 Fifth Street NW Washington, DC 20001 USA

Web: http://www.national-academies.org/brdi

Web: http://www.interacademies.net/CMS/Programmes/4704.aspx

Comparison of the PSI Re-use (2003) and INSPIRE (2007) Directives

Comparison of the PSI Re-use (2003) and INSPIRE (2007) Directives, by Roger Longhorn.

Posted to the GSDI Legal-Econ listserv Vol. 50, Issue 1, on February 19, 2009.

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