In the past, Ms. Hamilton would never have made her dataset fully available on the Web because it was so easy for others to simply take it. However, because she can now readily incorporate standard license language in the metadata and identifiers in the geographic data, she has developed confidence in her ability to track and substantially reduce such free riding. By taking this legal and technological approach, Ms. Hamilton helps the Spatial Semantic Web reach its greatest functionality and thereby enhances discovery and usage of her offerings.

In the end, the Spatial Semantic Web dream comes down to this: Can a combined technological and licensing infrastructure be developed that supports easy and efficient online entry of licensing and technical information?



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