Earth Observation Data Policy

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Wiley, Dec 29, 1997 - Social Science - 162 pages
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A critical issue which is fundamentally affecting the development of the Earth Observation sector is not so much the technology but the data policy. The conditions which govern access to the data, distribution of the data and the price of the data are now vital to the exploitation of this important environmental data resource. This book examines and analyses these data policy issues and recommends how the Earth observation sector can best develop appropriate and useful policies so that the scientific, operational and commercial value of the data can be maximised. This book provides a summary of the influences on Earth observation data policy and a review of the main organisations which develop Earth observation data policy including the United States, the committee on Earth Observation Satellites, the International Earth Observing System and space agencies such as the European Space Agency. The book analyses four key parts to Earth observation data policy: access to Earth observation data, data protection, pricing policy and data preservation. Details of the satellite Earth observation systems of the United States, Europe, Japan, Canada and other nations are included throughout the book. In preparing the book the author has interviewed over 70 experts in Earth observation data policy in Europe, the United States and Canada.

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Bruce Harris is a full-time commercial and maritime arbitrator who has been involved in more than 8,000 arbitrations and made more than 2,000 awards. He has written, lectured and talked extensively on arbitration, and was President of the London Maritime Arbitrators Association in 1990/2 and Chairman of the Charted Institute of Arbitrators in 1993/4. He was a member of the DAC.


Rowan Planterose is a practising barrister, Chartered Arbitrator, and adjudicator, and consultant to the solicitor's firm Davies Arnold Cooper. He is a construction and commercial lawyer, devoting much of his time to arbitration, either as representative of a party or as arbitrator. He is a member of the Chartered Institute's Professional Committee and has, in the past, been a member both of its Council and Executive Board. He lectures widely on both domestic and international arbitration matters and tutors for the Institute on numerous courses.


Jonathan Tecks is a Principal Lecturer and Director of Advocacy and Dispute Resolution at the University of the West of England at Bristol. He is extensively involved with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, most recently as Chairman of the Examinations Board. As a Chartered Arbitrator he arbitrates in respect of contract claims and financial services.

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