The Effect of Governmental Geospatial Data Programs and Policy on Innovation in the Private Sector

This article, written by a member of the private sector geospatial data industry, considers the effect of governmental geospatial data programs and policy on innovation in the private sector. The authors note that the DeLorme Publishing Company competes, in part, in a marketplace built largely upon data produced and made available by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and other governmental agencies. The National Map, as proposed by the USGS (2001), has the potential for further stimulating this marketplace, thereby resulting in more and better geospatial products, ultimately further benefiting citizens. The authors outline the role of the private sector in augmenting and improving The National Map as it develops. The authors conclude by voicing concerns that the USGS will be unable to carry out a project of such magnitude without adequate funding and unless the collective resources of Federal, state, county, and local governments, in addition to the private sector, can be brought to bear through sustained and mutually beneficial partnerships.

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  • Authors:
    • DeLorme, David M
    • Peterson, James G
  • Publication Date: 2003-10


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 01001856
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 13 2005 10:52AM