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Geographic data are used in all sectors of society to support a huge range of applications ranging from emergency response to land-use planning to location-based services. In the past, government agencies typically acquired ownership of such data from private-sector and other data producers and distributed these data without restriction. Licensing—whereby the producer may restrict redistribution—has emerged as an alternative business model that agencies must now consider among a suite of procurement options. The report highlights licensing perspectives and experiences of major stakeholder groups and examines the pros and cons of licensing. It concludes that licensing may be a viable option in some instances and advises agencies on how to best serve societal interests.

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National Research Council. 2004. Licensing Geographic Data and Services. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/11079.

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296 pages |  6 x 9 | 

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  • Paperback:  978-0-309-09267-8
  • Ebook:  978-0-309-16575-4
DOI: https://doi.org/10.17226/11079

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