Intellectual Property Rights for Environmental Data and Information
Research Idea Scope
The objective of the research would be to examine alternative approaches to the management of intellectual property rights regarding environmental data and information. The main issue is under what circumstances should environmental information and data be provided free of charge. Circumstances to examine include acquisition and use of data by states and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), partnerships with educational institutions, and public/private partnerships. The study should address intellectual property rights including but not limited to copyrights, licensing rights, and terms and conditions of the use of websites. This study should also address the appropriateness of peer-to-peer file sharing procedures to allow users of environmental data and information to share files at no cost.
Urgency and Payoff
May 2013 UpdateResolving Conflicts Arising from the Privatization of Environmental Data (2001)
Commission on Geosciences, Environment and Resources (CGER) http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=10237&page=95
TRB Research Needs Database, ADC10, Environmental Analysis in Transportation