Case Study: Public Access to Government Data

TitleCase Study: Public Access to Government Data
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsDiBiase, D, Harvey, F, Wright, D
PublisherUniversity of Massachusetts, Amherst
KeywordsGeographic , Geographic Information Sciences , Intellectual , Intellectual Property and Patents
AbstractIn the 1990's the County of Santa Clara, California signed an agreement with a private contractor to digitize the County's existing print parcel maps. The agreement signed by the County and the independent contractor agreed to split revenues earned through sales of the digital version of the map. In 2005, the California Attorney General issued an opinion requiring all county assessors should be available to the public for a nominal cost, and since that time Santa Clara has been fighting the claim that these digital maps should be considered public records.
NotesThis work was supported in part by National Science Foundation grant # GEO-0734888.
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