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Geographic Information Systems and the Law. Mapping the Legal Frontiers. Edition No. 1

  • ID: 2181492
  • Book
  • June 1998
  • 358 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
By the millennium most government departments and businesses willrely on some sort of GIS to conduct their everyday activities. Thepower and speed of such a tool in planning, research and managingspatial databases is invaluable. However, it is becomingincreasingly apparent that the legal implications of GIS are asconvoluted as those raised by the Internet. This is alreadybecoming a field which is stretching legal systems around the worldto their limit. Users, practitioners, developers, and custodians ofdata need a clear guide. This book, avoiding technological andlegal jargon, clarifies the issues of the rights, limitations, andresponsibilities of GIS. Geographic Information Systems and the Lawaddresses the legal relations between those who provide data andthose who use the data. Areas covered include:

the legal regimes and economic aspects of GIS

contract law governing information technology

data and information in a digital age

legal liabilities -- damages, negligence, and standards ofcare

public access and ownership of information

privacy and security issues -- intellectual property andcopyright

international law and the globalisation of informationtechnology
The analysis is illustrated by an international range of casematerial from the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia andNew Zealand. Geography / Information Studies / Law
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Geographic Information Systems and the Legal Regime.
Data and Information in a Computer Age.
Liability Issues in Contract.
Liability Issues in Tort.
Public Access and Ownership of Information and Data.
Intellectual Property in Information and Data.
GIS in Court.
Geographic Information Policy Issues.
Appendices.
List of Figures.
List of Tables.
References.
Index.
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George Cho University of Canberra.
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