OWNERSHIP OF GEOGRAPHIC DATA (as used in this report).

With reference to a vendor or licensor, the owner is in possession of information that is not publicly known and holds the information as a trade secret. In the case of information to which copyright applies, the licensor is the owner of the copyright. With reference to a licensee, the licensee has possession of a copy of the information and has exclusive or nonexclusive rights to use and make the information available to others without restriction.

PUBLIC DOMAIN INFORMATION (as used in this report).

Information that is not protected by patent, copyright, or any other legal right, and is accessible to the public without contractual restrictions on redistribution or use.

PURCHASE (as used in this report).

A transaction or arrangement (usually a contract, in which there is an exchange of value) in which the purchaser of the geographic data (which may be contained in a geographic work) obtains unlimited rights to use, copy, and disseminate the geographic data.


Organization of a geographic space into cells, with each cell containing attribute measures (e.g., reflectivity, elevation, frequency, concentration). Each cell in the grid is of equal size and the cell density establishes the spatial resolution of the grid.


Those who are not the intended direct beneficiaries of the government data as defined by the mandates and missions of the agency but who nevertheless access government data and use it directly.

SERVICES (as used in this report).

The processes of obtaining, processing, or providing geographic information (see GEOGRAPHIC SERVICES).


A license setting forth the terms under which a vendor sells a right to use a product. The license is typically printed on the packaging containing the medium on which the data are delivered.

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