[GSDI Legal Econ] To pay or not to pay That is the question
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Mon Jul 18 05:28:22 EDT 2005
To pay or not to pay That is the question
Presented at the 31st International Symposium on Remote
Sensing of Environment, 20-24 May, 2005, St.
Petersburg, Russian Federation
This paper outlines the basis for the PhD thesis of
Anna-Karin Bergman, at LUCSUS (Lund University Centre
for Sustainability Studies). What is discussed will serve as
a research plan for her further work on this topic.
Abstract Regarding access to remote sensing data,
there are a number of aspects that need to be taken into
consideration such as user time limit for e.g. space
scientists, what rights do the involving states have,
access rights for foreign domains and archiving. But the
most central aspect is perhaps the pricing of such
information. The demand for remote sensing data
creates a competitive market, a market driven by price
and self-interest. However, unlike food or other primary
needs, remote sensing data is not a life supporting
product; hence if the price is perceived as too high the
data will not or cannot be used by e.g. organisations and
authorities. If remote sensing data would be made more
accessible to users through e.g. affordable prices and
international information sharing systems, it could be
beneficial to mankind in terms of supporting global
Keywords: Sustainable development, public goods,
copyleft, satellite data, GMES, GEOSS.
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