1994-09-14 - Spatial Databases, Law, and Information Policy conference

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Date:          Thu, 8 Sep 1994 11:10:08 -0400
Subject:       Conf on Law, Information Policy and Spatial Databases


October 28-29, 1994

Arizona State University
College of Law
Tempe, Arizona


National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis
Center for the Study of Law, Science and Technology, Arizona
State University College of Law


Geographic information systems (GIS) and their associated
databases are gaining widespread use throughout government and
the commercial sector in our communities, the nation, and the
world.  These automated mapping and analysis systems are
allowing the collection, integration and interrogation of vast
amounts of data.  The data and processing capabilities supplied by
the technology will constitute a significant component of the
emerging national information infrastructure.  This enabling
technology holds out the promise of increased efficiency in
commerce, improvements in the environment, health, and safety,
increased convenience for consumers, increases in participatory
government, and improved public and private decision-making
generally.  However, increased use of detailed databases and
processing capabilities also poses threats to the ideals of
democracies and rights of individuals - the ideals of freedom,
security, privacy, and open and free access to government.  As we
continue to move toward global economies and international
networked environments, the need to reconcile competing social,
economic, and political interests in digital geographic data will
greatly expand.

This conference brings together legal and information policy
experts with geographic information system specialists to explore
four interrelated aspects of information law critical to the handling
of geographic information: namely,
(1) intellectual property rights in spatial databases, with particular
emphasis on copyright;
(2) access rights of citizens to publicly held information, including
the policies of government agencies in charging for geographic
(3) protecting personal privacy in using geographic information
systems; and
(4) liability in connection with the use, sharing, and distribution of
GIS data and analysis results.


Friday, October 28

Welcome and Introduction (7:45 am - ASU Law School, Pedrick
Great Hall)

Access to Government's Spatial Information I (8:00 a.m.)
        Moderator:  Robert Reis, NCGIA and School of Law,
Establishing a Legal Setting and Organizational Model for
Affordable Access to Government Owned Information
Management Technology
        Hugh Archer, Executive Consultant
        Plangraphics, Inc., Frankfurt, Kentucky
A Case for Commercialization of Government Information
Products and Services
        Lori Peterson Dando, Esquire
        County Attorney's Office (former), Hastings, MN
Spatial Databases and Information Policy: A British Perspective
        David Rhind, Director
        Ordnance Survey, United Kingdom
Question and Answer Session

Intellectual Property Rights in Spatial Databases I (9:00a.m.)
        Moderator:  Helen Sharretts-Sullivan, Office of the General
        Counsel, Defense Mapping Agency
Copyright, Licensing, and Cost Recovery: A Legal, Economic, and
Policy Analysis
        William Holland, Executive Director
        Wisconsin Land Information Board, Madison, WI
Surveyors' Copyright in Plans of Survey: Law and Policy
        John D. McLaughlin, Geographical Engineering and
        Norman Siebrasse, College of Law, University of New
        Brunswick, Fredericton Canada
Copyright in Electronic Maps
        Dennis S. Karjala
        College of Law, Arizona State University
Question and Answer Session

Break (Coffee, tea, etc.- College of Law Lobby) (10:00 am)

Intellectual Property Rights in Spatial Databases II (10:30 am)
        Moderator:  Elaine Albright, Chair, American Library
        Association Committee on Telecommunications
Rights in Government-generated Data
        Jessica Litman
        School of Law, Wayne State University
Lessons from the Past: Legal and Medical Databases
        Anne Wells Branscomb
        Program on Information Resources Policy, Harvard
European Community Directive on Databases
        Pamela Samuelson
        School of Law, University of Pittsburgh
Question and Answer Session

Access to Government's Spatial Information II (11:30 a.m.)
        Moderator:  Dorthy Chambers, J.D., Chief, Branch of
        Information Access Policy and Coordination, Bureau of
        Land Management
A Review of Alaska's Public Information Access Laws
        Representative Kay Brown
        Alaska Legislature, Anchorage, Alaska
Issues Concerning Access to Electronic Records
        Barbara Petersen, Staff Attorney
        Florida Legislature Joint Committee on Information
        Technology Resources
Federal Information Dissemination and Pricing Policy
        Peter Weiss, Senior Policy Analyst
        Office of Management and Budget, Washington, D.C.
Question and Answer Session

Lunch (12:30 pm - Several eating places within walking distance)

Access to Government's Spatial Information III (2:00 pm)
        Moderator:  Earl Epstein, J.D., School of Natural
        Resources, Ohio State University
Effects of Data Policies on the Evolution of the National Spatial
Data Infrastructure
        Nancy Tosta, Staff Director
        U.S. Federal Geographic Data Committee
The Public Interest and the Cost of Government Information:
Experience Under the Federal FOIA
        David Sobel, Legal Counsel
        Electronic Privacy Information Center, Washington D.C.
Promoting a Free Access, Minimal Cost-recovery, Royalty
Arrangement for State Held Geographic Information Systems
        Keene Matsunaga, Esquire, and Jack Dangermond,
        President, Environmental Systems Research Institute and
        Prudence Adler, Assistant Director, Association of
        Research Libraries
Question and Answer Session

Access to Government's Spatial Information IV (3:00 p.m.)
        Moderator: Frederick K. Ganyon, J.D., Deputy Chief,
        Nautical Charting Division, NOAA
The Value of Geographic Information.  A review of international
policies in cost recovery, privatization and commercialization of
information gathering and dissemination.
        Krysia Rybaczuk and Michael Blakemore
        Mountjoy Research Centre, University of Durham, United
Remote Sensing Law: Obstacle or Opportunity for GIS?
        Joanne Gabrynowicz, Associate Professor - Remote
        Sensing Law and Policy Department of Space Studies,
        University of North Dakota
Implications of Increased Access to Geographic Information
        Dr. Ronald Abler, Executive Director
        Association of American Geographers
Question and Answer Session

Break (4:00 p.m. - coffee, tea, soft drink - College of Law lobby)

Liability for Spatial Data I (4:30 p.m.)
        Moderator:  Daniel Strouse, Director, Center for the Study
        of Law, Science, and Technology, ASU College of Law
Tort and Criminal Liability as a Function of the Right to Control
        Henry Perritt, Professor of Law
        Villanova University School of Law
Local Government Liability for Erroneous Data: Law and Policy in
a Changing Environment
        R. Jerome Anderson, Esquire, and Alan R. Stewart, Esquire
        Plangraphics, Inc., Frankfurt, Kentucky
A Case Study in the Misuse of GIS: Siting a Low-Level
Radioactive Waste Disposal Facility in New York State
        Mark Monmonier, Department of Geography
        Syracuse University
Question and Answer Session

Saturday, October 29

Liability for Spatial Data II (8:00 a.m.)
        Moderator:  t.b.a.
Liability for GIS Datasets as applied to the Commercial, Non-
profit and Other Private Sectors
        Bishop Dansby, Esquire
        GIS Law and Policy Institute
Exploitation of Intellectual Property: Liability, Retrenchment and a
Proposal for Change
        Edward J. Obloy, General Counsel, and B. Helen Sharretts-
        Sullivan, Defense Mapping Agency
Certification of GIS Databases: Reliance and Liability Implications
        Lawrence Ayers, Executive Vice President and Cliff
        Kottman, Exec. Manager of Federal Systems, Intergraph
Spatial Data Analysis in the Formation of Public Policy and its
Acceptance as Evidence: A Litigator's Perspective on Geographic
Information and Analysis
        Terry Simmons, PhD, Attorney at Law
        Reno, Nevada
Question and Answer Session

Protecting Privacy in Using Geographic Information Systems I
(9:15 a.m.)
        Moderator:  Lawrence Winer, College of Law, ASU
In Plain View: Geographic Information Systems and the Problem
of Privacy
        Michael R. Curry
        Department of Geography, UCLA
Privacy and the Intersection of Geographic Information and
Intelligent Vehicle Highway Systems
        Sheri Alpert and Kingsley Haynes
        The Institute of Public Policy, George Mason University
Privacy: Alternative Protection Scenarios
        Dr. David Flaherty
        Information and Privacy Commissioner of British
Question and Answer Session

Break (10:15 - Coffee, tea, juice & rolls - College of Law Lobby)

Protecting Privacy in Using Geographic Information Systems II
(10:45 am)
        Moderator:  t.b.a.
Fair Information Practices of the Information Industry
        Steven Metalitz
        Information Industry Association, Washington DC
Marketing Community Perspectives on Protecting Privacy
        Tom Gordon, President and General Manager
        Equifax National Decision Systems, San Diego CA
European Perspectives on Protection of Privacy
        Charles D. Raab, Department of Politics
        University of Edinburgh, Scotland
Question and Answer Session

Protecting Privacy in Using Geographic Information Systems III
(11:45 a.m.)
        Moderator:  t.b.a.
Some Information Age Techno-fallacies and Some Principles for
Protecting Privacy
        Gary Marx, Chair
        Department of Sociology, University of Colorado-Boulder
Protecting Indigenous Peoples' Privacy from "Eyes in the Sky"
        Wayne Madsen
        Computer Sciences Corporation, Fairfax, VA
Protecting Privacy in Using Geographic Information Systems
        Harlan J. Onsrud, Jeff Johnson, and Xavier Lopez
        NCGIA, University of Maine, Orono, Maine
Question and Answer Session

Closing Announcements (12:45 p.m.)


Maximum registration will be 250 participants

[  ]  Full Registration
        (before October 3)      $145
        (after October 3)       $195
[  ]  Student Registration      $70

Name: __________________________________
Title: ___________________________________
Affiliation: ______________________________
Address: ________________________________
Phone: __________________________________
FAX: ___________________________________
Email: __________________________________

Make check payable (in US dollars) to:
University of Maine
and send to:

Conference on Law and Information Policy for Spatial Databases
5711 Boardman Hall, Rm. 348
University of Maine, Orono, Me  04469-5711



The conference will take place on October 28 and the morning of
October 29, 1994 in the Pedrick Great Hall at the Arizona State
University College of Law.  The conference has been scheduled to
follow immediately GIS/LIS '94 in Phoenix, Arizona.  Those
attending GIS/LIS and then staying on for this conference should
be able to take advantage of reduced airfares because of the
Saturday night stay over.  The College of Law in Tempe is located
approximately ten miles from downtown Phoenix or five miles
from the airport.   Taxis and hotel shuttles are convenient and
moderately priced.  For those traveling by car, take the University
Avenue exit on Interstate 10 and head east to the ASU campus.
The campus is immediately adjacent to Old Town Tempe which
contains numerous restaurants and shops within easy walking


American Bar Association Section of Science and Technology
American Congress on Surveying and Mapping
American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
AM/FM International
Association of American Geographers
Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility
Federal Geographic Data Committee
Information Industry Association
National States Geographic Information Council
Urban and Regional Information Systems Association


Federal Agencies:
        Bureau of Land Management
        Coast and Geodetic Survey
        Defense Mapping Agency
        Federal Geographic Data Committee
Environmental Systems Research Institute
Equifax National Decision Systems
Intergraph Corporation


Conference on Law and Information Policy for Spatial Databases
5711 Boardman Hall, Rm 348
University of Maine, Orono, Maine  04469-5711
Phone: (207) 581-2149
Fax: (207) 581-2206
E-mail: ncgia@mecan1.maine.edu

Harlan J. Onsrud
National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis
5711 Boardman Hall, Rm. 348
University of Maine
Orono, Maine  04469-5711
Phone (207) 581-2175
FAX (207)581-2206
E-mail: onsrud@mecan1.maine.edu