[OSGeo-Discuss] FW: [OGC Press Release] The OGC forms a Spatial Law and Policy Committee [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]
B.Bannerman at bom.gov.au
Wed Feb 25 15:26:47 PST 2009
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> PRESS ANNOUNCEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For information
> about this announcement, contact:
> Sam Bacharach
> Executive Director, Outreach and Community Adoption Open
> Geospatial Consortium, Inc
> tel: +1-703-352-3938
> sbacharach at opengeospatial.org
> February 25, 2009, Wayland, Massachusetts. The Board of
> Directors of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC(r)) has
> chartered a committee of the Board to specifically address
> the "spatial law and policy issues"
> which will influence development requirements of the
> Consortium's technology process. The Spatial Law and Policy
> Committee (SLPC) will be chaired by OGC director and
> Executive Committee member, Kevin Pomfret, and will be
> organized under board leadership as an educational forum to
> include both select member and community participation.
> In the past, legal issues associated with spatial data and
> technology were primarily a concern for lawyers that worked
> with or for the government. Now, both public sector and
> private sector users and providers of geospatial data and
> technologies face a wide range of legal issues associated
> with growth in consumer and business applications for spatial
> technology. Such applications include Earth browsers,
> satellite navigation devices in cars and PDA's,
> location-based services associated with cell phones, business
> intelligence, social networking and satellite tracking of
> vehicles and equipment. All of these applications raise
> issues that involve intellectual property rights, liability,
> privacy, and national security. In many cases, the existing
> legal and policy framework is inadequate to provide
> governments, businesses and consumers clear guidance on these issues.
> David Schell, OGC Chairman, said, "The OGC plays an expanding
> role in addressing society's increasing dependence on
> geospatial information services. The advent of information
> interoperability in this technology domain raises the profile
> of geospatial information for policy makers, managers and
> scientists around the world. The Board's creation at this
> time of a Spatial Law and Policy Committee reflects the
> increasing need of leaders to understand the challenges they
> face in this area, and the Board's commitment to meeting
> their related information requirements."
> Kevin Pomfret added, "I am looking forward to working with
> the OGC and its members on these important issues. Due in
> large part to their collective vision and hard work, spatial
> technology and applications using spatial data are
> increasingly being utilized in a wide range of important
> activities. In order for this growth to continue, a solid
> legal and policy framework must exist. The OGC's Spatial Law
> and Policy Committee can play a critical role in the
> development of such a framework."
> The SLPC, in particular, will provide an open forum for OGC members'
> legal and policy advisors to discuss the unique legal and
> policy issues associated with spatial data and technology.
> The Committee will also work with relevant legal groups, such
> as the ABA, to raise awareness of these issues within the
> broader legal community. The SLPC will not provide legal
> advice to the OGC or its Members and will not take a position
> on any legal or policy matter on behalf of the OGC or its
> membership. It will rather focus on clarification of the
> legal and policy environment of the Consortium and work to
> ensure that Consortium standards reflect related best
> practices and the societal requirements that shape
> institutional uptake of interoperable geoprocessing.
> Kevin Pomfret is a Richmond, Virginia based attorney well
> known for the work he has done on assorted legal issues
> associated with spatial data and technology, including
> intellectual property rights, licensing, liability, privacy
> and national security. Prior to entering the law, he served
> as a satellite imagery analyst with the U.S.
> government where he specialized in the development of imagery
> collection strategies to monitor critical arms control
> agreements. He also served in various U.S. government
> positions responsible for developing Intelligence community
> satellite imagery collections and exploitation requirements.
> Over the years he has written and spoken extensively on
> spatial law and technology.
> The OGC(r) is an international consortium of more than 370
> companies, government agencies, research organizations, and
> universities participating in a consensus process to develop
> publicly available geospatial standards. The OGC's
> OpenGIS(TM) standards support interoperable solutions that
> "geo-enable" the Web, wireless and location-based services,
> and mainstream IT. These standards empower technology
> developers to make geospatial information and services
> accessible and useful with any application that needs to be
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