The sharing of spatially-referenced data is one of the key concerns for members of the geospatial community. Research is ongoing to better understand what allows and/or constrains individuals and agencies from sharing their spatially-referenced data. One such survey is part of a research project by Jim Campbell, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Spatial Information Science and Engineering at the University of Maine, and encouraged by the Global Spatial Data Infrastructure Association (GSDI). This survey is part of an effort to confirm conclusions reached through other forms of investigation.
Current sharing efforts range from local to national government efforts, sharing internationally within disciplinary and scientific sectors, sharing through global efforts such as the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), and sharing through public participation efforts such as Open Street Maps and similar citizen-sensor initiatives.
Those interested in participating in the survey can visit: https://geodatacommons.umaine.edu/limesurvey/index.php?sid=33229&lang=en.