This presentation covers Geospatial Digital Rights Management as a conceptual
framework, an array of standards, and software tools for guarding the rights of both
producers and consumers of geospatial data and services.
Digital Rights Management has been given something of a bad name (e.g. Digital
Restriction Management) by some proprietary and burdensome control systems. In
reality, GeoDRM addresses a hodgepodge of ad hoc approaches which currently exist for
defining the exchange of value occurring between any users and providers of
geospatial content and services, whether open or proprietary. One of the most
important use cases involves assuring that free and open data in fact remain
unencumbered, for example by liability or derivation claims. OGC GeoDRM initiatives
have been working at an open standard framework and testing open-source tools for
"DRM-enabling" OWS services. These initiatives focus on protecting the rights of
users and providers alike in SDI and other service interactions instead of simply
"locking down" access and assuming that users are criminals. The presentation will
cover the concepts of open GeoDRM as well as tools and standards for its implementation.