[OGC Press Release] OGC Announces Call for Input on Geospatial Digital Rights Management

OGC Press Release announce at opengeospatial.org
Thu Oct 21 12:13:18 EST 2004

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


Call to Action Is Key Step in Averting Proprietary Interface

Wayland, MA, October 21, 2004 –The Open Geospatial Consortium Inc. (OGC)
today launched a digital rights management (DRM)-related project aimed at
collecting essential information from governments, businesses, and
academia.  The data gathered through thefive-minute survey, available for
the next 30 days at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=53777639685, will
help to shape the development of open standards to manage digital rights
for geospatial data and services.
DRM is a technology for describing, identifying, trading, protecting,
monitoring and tracking all forms of rights usages, including management
of rights-holder relationships.  Geospatial DRMmanages all rights, not
only the rights applicable to permissions over digital geographic data.
The current inability to control the flow of such information
activities has been a barrier to broader adoption of Web-based
geospatial technologies.  Some government data has been withheld
from public release over the Web because of an inability to manage owner
rights after the data is released.
The GeoDRM initiative, a partnership of the GeoData Alliance and OGC, will
rely on the survey data in working to validate a standards-basedinteroperability framework. This framework is comprised of OGC Web
services specifications and related standards developed by the broader
information technology industry.
"Results of the survey will tell us if we're on track with the
standards we are creating or should modify our goals and scope," said OGC
President Mark Reichardt.
"The application of DRM to geographic activities differs somewhat from its
function in other arenas, such as music, where digital rights management
solutions are applied," Reichardt added.  "In manycases, governments and
other providers of geographic data and services want to make it readily,
or even freely, available, but desire to protect their property from being
inappropriately duplicated,modified, and sold.
Furthermore, they want a means to keep a connection with the users to
provide updates, recall notices, and receive users feedback.  The
alternative is the further fragmentation of data and service sectors
promoted by vertical proprietary rights management solutions.  The entire
community of geographic data and service users will suffer if this
The OGC is an international voluntary consensus standards organization of
more than 250 companies, government agencies and universitiesparticipating in a consensus process to develop publicly available
geoprocessing interface specifications. OGC's Specifications support
interoperable solutions that "geo-enable" the Web, wireless andlocation-based services, and mainstream IT.

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