Access to Spatial Data in Networked Environments

This topic was discussed by two separate groups ("Access to Spatial Data in Networked Environments" and "Equity") but at the following plenary session, it was concluded that these topics are so strongly related that they should be considered a single theme.  The Equity discussion is appended here.

1. Access to Spatial Data in Networked Environments 

  • Information is substantially reducing society's dependence on traditional sources of labor, capital, and raw materials. 
  • Information and the knowledge it brings can substitute for these other materials and thus is a source of power. 
  • Access to digital geographic information is a source of power. 
  • Key Scientific question: 

    How might the future be constructed (i.e., organizations, economic approaches, laws, infrastructure-networks, etc.) such that all segments of society have equal opportunity or less disparate opportunity in accessing geographic information? 

    Sample Researchable Questions: 

    1. Reflective research 

    2. Observation of the current impacts of following certain organizational, institutional, and policy approaches in regard to digital geographic information. 

    Information from these studies is needed in order to arrive at conceptual designs more likely to arrive at desirable virtual library outcomes. 

    Key External Participants: 

    Information economics 
    Library information systems futurists 

    2. Equity



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