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Interesting – Geospatial Data Policy

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Just a quick note – read this tonight, and found it interesting – CUGIR is the Cornell University Geospatial Information Repository:

“The CUGIR work group recently implemented a data management and distribution policy. A primary motivation in developing the policy was to communicate our data management and distribution practices to our data providers… A secondary purpose in creating the policy was to formalize a security review process that was initiated following a request to disable the entire repository some time after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.” (p. 276)

I can’t help but wonder who asked, and how long after 9/11? Seems like a rational response on behalf of CUGIR to draft such a policy in order to find the balance between civil liberties/access to information/intellectual freedom/and “safety.”


Steinhart, Gail. (2006). Libraries as distributors of geospatial data: Data management policies as tools for managing partnerships. Library Trends, 55(2), 264-284.


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October 8, 2009 at 10:31 pm