NYS ITS GIS Program Office
Geographic Information Systems Clearinghouse
Data Sharing Cooperative
- Legal Consultation – unified legal opinion / interpretation on how FOIL requests should be handled by Coop members
- Compliance as Secondary Custodian - Interpretation and clarification
- Subject to challenge
- CSCIC counsel to speak with other member's counsels and with Bob Freeman (Committee on Open Government) re: forming a “council of counsels” in support of the Coop
- FOIA (Federal) vs. FOIL (State) - need to clarify
- Fear of FOIL requests - financial (revenue) loss
- Streamlined data access saves primary custodial resources
- Define "critical" vs. “vulnerable” – what data is not available among cooperative members?
- Need to know - who is accessing information and why? i.e. for data on sensitive features
- Protection of passwords (not encrypted, shared within organizations)
- Ease of access of aggregated data (Rand report only addressed individual data layers, not aggregated data)
- Definition of sensitive data is lacking or contradictory between members
- Self-Identification of sensitive data (All E.C. sensitive data)?
- Sharing is limited by: lack of confidence in data quality; loss of competitive advantage; loss of control; concern about use/misuse from various sectors; ownership mentality ("My Data").
- Not joining due to requirement to share ALL data
- Temporal Access to data
- Temporal Currency of data
- Many problems can be visualized with this (i.e. Coop becomes much more complicated)
- Lack of enforcement of existing agreement
- Revised agreement will need to be executed among all members
- Liability and indemnification: will they withstand legal challenge?
- Lack of feedback
- Level of effort, especially for locals, is an impediment
- Lack of expertise/resources/time
- Users don't recognize problems
- Assume provider is best source
- Follow-up to data improvement? i.e., road improvement updates may lead to improved sewer district boundaries, etc.
- Viewed as exclusive club
- Fear of sharing with:
- Academia (mass dissemination)
- Non-Profit (conflicting opinions - special interest)
- For Profit (embarrassment)
- "Data Suckers" (no return)
- Public Sector - can under bid the private
- Commercial non-data resellers
- Are utilities different?
- Are consultants different from data resellers?
- Instead of private sector, is primary concern over data resellers?
- Maintaining contacts
- Resale value
- Disconnect between GIS & Legal
- Uncertainty of data ownershipDon't want to produce Metadata
- Level of effort to fill requests
- Member contacts not kept up-to-date
- Economic development “wins” can yield new members
- "What's in it for me to buy in?"
- Private industry is not the enemy
Users-------GIS Service-------GIS Data
- How can primary owner recoup cost of investment? Control distribution?
- Those in control of data distribution not always GIS friendly
- Existing technology for updates is not being utilized
- Internet distribution has evolved (possession vs. access)
- Data posted to Clearinghouse not most recent
- Technology makes data "too accessible"
- Slow access speeds
- Non-techies "cowed" by technology
- Data sets too large to store multiple times
- Users need more frequent updates
- Data formats - constant changes
- Coop members -multiple vintages & types of software
- Problems involved in dynamic access vs. download
- Upload capabilities to Clearinghouse?