Over the past decade, a new set of interactive, open, participatory and networked spatial media have become widespread. These include mapping platforms, virtual globes, user-generated spatial databases, geodesign and architectural and planning tools, urban dashboards and citizen reporting geo-systems, augmented reality media, and locative media. Collectively these produce and mediate spatial big data and are re-shaping spatial knowledge, spatial behaviour, and spatial politics. Understanding Spatial Media brings together leading scholars from around the globe to examine these new spatial media, their attendant technologies, spatial data, and their social, economic and political effects. The 22 chapters are divided into the following sections: • Spatial media technologies • Spatial data and spatial media • The consequences of spatial media Understanding Spatial Media is the perfect introduction to this fast emerging phenomena for students and practitioners of geography, urban studies, data science, and media and communications.

Legal Rights and Spatial Media

Legal Rights and Spatial Media

Teresa Scassa


Despite dramatic technological changes that have revolutionised how data are collected, compiled and used – and by whom – the law regarding the ownership of compilations of data has remained fairly static since the 1990s. What has changed, however, are the number and kind of users of spatial data, the new technologies that expand categories of spatial data, and the way many governments now approach the licensing of their stores of spatial data. This chapter considers the interrelationship between claims to property rights in data, and rights to access and use those data in a rapidly changing technological environment. In doing so, it considers law not simply in terms of legislation and case ...

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