The Workshop on the Socio-economic Benefits of Geospatial Information/GEOSS is set to take place from June 12-14 in Boulder, Colorado. Registration is still open. Geospatial information, whether derived from Earth observation sources or elsewhere, can be an important tool in approaching the many challenges we face on the local, regional, and global level. Those include assessing food security, flooding, air quality, disasters, and more. Effective uses of this information can assist in decision-making to enhance the social and economic well-being of communities. The workshop, at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), Foothills Campus, will review quantitative and socioeconomic methods for assessing and communicating the value of geospatial information
For full text of the article, vitist The Latest on the Socio-economic Workshop in Boulder | Earthzine.
- Congressional Research Service Update to Federal GIS Report (geodatapolicy.wordpress.com)
By Steve Lohr, NYTimes, Technology – Bits, July 19. 2010
I wrote a Sunday column about a San Francisco start-up that is betting the time has come to make personal information online not only an asset consumers can manage, but also a virtual currency that can be traded someday.
Others, of course, have tried making a business from trading click streams and other online personal information on behalf of consumers, like Root Market years ago. But part of the start-up Bynamite’s calculation is that these days, the data is far richer and the technology has matured enough to make such a service easy to use, effective and flexible. More people seem to be concerned about privacy today as well.
For full text of article, click here.
Also, check out the article “What is Privacy Worth?” by Alessandro Acquisti, an associate professor in information technology and public policy; Leslie John, a doctoral candidate; and George Loewenstein, a professor of economics and psychology.
The Socioeconomic Effects of Public Sector Information on Digital Networks: Toward a Better Understanding of Different Access and Reuse Policies
U.S National Committee for CODATA
Board on International Scientific Organizations, U.S. National Academy of Sciences
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
Date: 4-5 February 2008
Session One: Introduction and opening presentations
Chair: Daniela Battisti, Agency for inward investments and business development, Italy, Chair Working Party on the Information Economy
|Welcoming remarks and introductions||Graham Vickery, OECD|
|Workshop objectives and structure||Paul Uhlir, U.S. National Academies|
|The social and economic goals and values of PSI online: EU government perspective||Jim Wretham, OPSI, UK|
|The social and economic goals and values of PSI online: US government perspective||Nancy Weiss, Institute of Museum and Library Services, US|
|The value to industry of PSI: the business sector perspective||Dr. Martin Fornefeld
MICUS Management Consulting, Germany
|Achieving fair and open access to PSI for maximum returns||Michael Nicholson, PSI Alliance, UK|
Open Discussion Moderator: Javier Hernandez-Ros, Head of Unit, Digital Libraries and Public Sector Information, European Commission
Session Two: Different approaches for evaluating the direct and indirect economic and non-economic benefits and costs of PSI access and reuse policies in the online environment
Chair: Antti Eskola, Ministry of Employment and the Economy, Finland
|Public Sector Information. Why bother? Measuring European Public Sector Information Resources||Robbin te Velde, Dialogic, NL|
|Measuring the economic impact of the PSI Directive in the context of the 2008 review||Chris Corbin, ePSIplus, UK|
|Different PSI access and use policies and their impact on the social and economic values and impact of this information||Frederika Welle Donker, Delft University of Technology, NL|
|The price of everything but the value of nothing||Antoinette Graves, Office of Fair Trading, UK|
|Enhancing access to government information: Economic theory as it applies to Statistics Canada||Kirsti Nilsen, University of Western Ontario, Canada|
|Assessing the economic and social benefits of NOAA data online||Rodney F. Weiher
NOAA Chief Economist, US
|Exploring the impacts of enhanced access to publicly funded research||John Houghton, Victoria University, Australia|
|Assessing the impact of Public Sector Geographic Information||Max Craglia, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, JRC, Italy|
Session Three: Measuring the economic and social costs and benefits of the PSI: evaluation of the existing approaches and suggestions for future work
Parallel sessions (a) and (b)
Session (a) Eivind Lorentzen, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Norway
Session (b) Jean-Jacques Sahel, Director, Government and Regulatory Affairs, Europe, Skype
Presenters: Paul F. Uhlir and Raed Sharif (Summary)
Rapporteurs: Juan Carlos de Martin and Tilman Merz
Each session comprised:
An overview on different approaches for evaluating the direct and indirect economic and social benefits and costs of access and reuse policies for PSI in the online environment. This drew on the published literature, the OECD study and on recent analytical work.
A 90-minute panel discussion addressing questions including:
What are the commonalities and differences among the analytical methods presented in session 2 and in this session?
What are their main strengths and weaknesses, e.g. their accuracy, comprehensiveness, relevance, validity and reliability?
What are the most effective metrics/indicators to assess particular kinds of information/policies? Are there approaches and metrics/indicators that effectively measure the network effects of the use of PSI online?
What still needs to be known about the application of these methods to the evaluation of public information policies in the online environment?
What theoretical frameworks, models and best practices in other areas can be applied to assess different policies of access to and reuse of digital PSI?
What are some future directions and recommendations for the better study and measurement of access to and reuse of PSI online?
Following the break, the main points from the panel discussion were summarised by the rapporteurs (Juan Carlos de Martin and Tilman Merz), followed by discussion. This was designed to identify activities that could enhance understanding of the economic value and effects of different approaches to access to and reuse of online digital PSI.
Session Four: Plenary discussion: Wrap-up, conclusions and future work
Chair: Antti Eskola
Rapporteur presentation Session Three (a) Juan Carlos de Martin, Turin Polytechnic, Italy
Rapporteur presentation Session Three (b) Tilman Merz, consultant
Combined rapporteur summary
Discussion: What do we know and what next?
Conclusion: Graham Vickery, OECD / Paul Uhlir, U.S. NAS
This workshop was also supported by the National Science Foundation and the United States Geological Survey.