The GeoData Alliance and the Open GIS Consortium (OGC) invite interested parties to learn
about the requirements for and the application of Digital Rights Management (DRM) to geographic activities in a session May 24, 2004 at the Denver, Colorado Adam’s Mark Hotel. The session is
being held in conjunction with the ASPRS conference, which runs May 23-28, 2004.
The GeoData Alliance (GDA) has partnered with OGC and other organizations to advance the implementation of an interoperable digital rights management framework for geographic data and
services. Work will be performed as part of a geographic DRM initiative (geoDRM) focused on building consensus among government, businesses and academia regarding the application of
open standards to manage digital rights for geospatial data and services. GeoDRM will work to validate a standards-based interoperability framework comprised of OGC Web services
specifications and related international standards developed by the broader information technology industry. The initiative will also identify potential interoperability gaps to be addressed by new
DRM is a technology for describing, identifying, trading, protecting, monitoring and tracking all forms of rights usages over both tangible and intangible information assets including management of rights-holders relationships. Geospatial DRM manages all rights, not only the rights applicable to permissions over digital geographic data. The current inability to confidently control the flow of such information activities has been a barrier to broader adoption of Web-based geospatial technologies. The adoption of an open DRM capability that is acceptable to all parties in a Web services transaction environment will enhance the flow of geographic data and information.
Registration information for these sessions is available at