US: The Centre for Spatial Law and Policy website has been redesigned and enriched with a valuable resource for those interested in understanding the complex legal and policy issues associated with the collection, use and transfer of spatial data, announced Kevin Pomfret, Executive Director of the Centre for Spatial Law and Policy. The website now contains an on-line repository that currently provides over 200 links to cases, legislation, regulations, law review articles and research related to issues such as privacy, intellectual property rights, liability and national security.
In his blog, Kevin wrote that the legal and policy landscape involving geospatial data is changing daily, due to rapid improvements in and applications for geospatial technology. Therefore, the website will remain a work in progress, with new links being added on a regular basis. Particular attention will be paid to adding links related to laws and cases outside of the United States. As a result, feel free to forward any links that you think are relevant and they will be added as appropriate.
The goal is for the repository to serve as a bridge between the works of noted academics in the field such as Harland Onsrud (University of Maine), Joanne Grabrynowicz (National Center for Remote Sensing, Air, and Space Law – University of Mississippi), Katleen Jansseen (Interdisciplinary Centre for Law and ICT- K.U. Leuven), George Cho (University of Canberra), Bastiaan van Loenen (Delft University of Technology), Anne Sullivan, (Queensland University of Technology) and Frazer Taylor (Carleton University) – and many others – and current laws, bills, cases and policy white papers. Such a bridge is becoming increasingly important for both legal practitioners and policymakers as these issues are international in scope and cut across both technology platforms and legal disciplines.
This repository was made possible by the initial members of the Centre: They include: Google, Digital Globe, DMTI Spatial, GeoEye, ESRI, Lockheed Martin, Pictometry, Rolta and PCI Geomatics. For more information about becoming a member of the Centre, see the Membership tab on the website