Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Shubha Ghosh, University of Wisconsin Law School, has published Transparent and Commercialized?: Managing the Public-Private Model for Data Production and Use as University of Wisconsin Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1155. Here is the abstract.
This Article examines the relationship between two trends: the move towards transparency in government data and information and the increasing commercialization of data through social network and other sites. The author presents a normative framework for reconciling these two trends, analyzes the legal implications of this normative framework, and examines three case studies: the private use of government real estate assessment records, the creation of websites like data.gov, and governmental protection of databases. The Article concludes with a proposal for an open source licensing model for data and information.
Download the paper from SSRN at the link.