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Libraries as Distributors of Geospatial Data: Data Management Policies as Tools for Managing Partnerships

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Title: Libraries as Distributors of Geospatial Data: Data Management Policies as Tools for Managing Partnerships
Author(s): Steinhart, Gail
Subject(s): Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Data management
Abstract: Libraries can bring substantial expertise to bear on the collection, curation, and distribution of digital geospatial information, making them trusted and competent partners for organizations that wish to distribute geospatial data. By developing a well-thought-out data management and distribution policy, libraries can define the parameters of a data distribution partnership and reinforce a data provider’s confidence in the library’s role as a data custodian and distributor. In developing a policy, data distributors are advised to consider such issues as intellectual property rights, liability issues, distribution methods and services, data and metadata management practices, security risks posed by geospatial data, and user limitations. This article describes the most common elements of data sharing and distribution agreements and describes the development of a data management policy for the Cornell University Geospatial Information Repository (CUGIR).
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Citation Info: In Library Trends 55 (2) Fall 2006: 264–284.
Genre: Article
Type: Text
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/3689
ISSN: 0024-2594
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Rights Information: Copyright 2006 Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
Date Available in IDEALS: 2008-02-22
 

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