Spatial Law and its Relevance to Geospatial Practitioners – Review
Understanding the legal aspects of GIS has always been important, going back to its inclusion in the GIS&T Body of Knowledge and earlier, but with cloud-based data and services, UAVs, and other trends and tools, it is more important than ever. A series of essays on spatial law and its relevance to geospatial professionals from the folks at the GIS Lounge provides an excellent resource to supplement our book and this blog.
In these three essays, Sangeeta Deogawanka defines spatial law and some areas that spatial law governs. She goes on to focus on remote sensing policies, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAVs and UASs), GPS, and touches on the implications of GIS in the cloud. She finishes by discussing how the purpose for gathering data can determine policies and regulations, including data capture, storage, use sharing, intellectual property rights, and privacy policies.
One of the resources provided at the end of the series is the site for the Centre for Spatial Law and Policy, of which we have high regard, and to which we referred recently when we wrote about photograph location privacy. Sangeeta also providees a useful link to 10 spatial laws and policies around the world.
What are your reactions to the relevance of spatial law to the geospatial profession and decision making?