Monday, November 22, 2010

Spatial Law and Policy 2011 Conference (January 12, 2011)

Tentative Agenda
Tysons Corner, Virginia

8:00-9:00 Registration and Coffee

9:00 – 9:30 Introduction

9:30– 10:30 Session 1: Intellectual Property
Kevin D. Pomfret, Executive Director, Centre for Spatial Law and Policy
Discussion of recent developments and relevant case law
in Intellectual Property related to collection, use and distribution of spatial data. Topics addressed will include (i) complexity of combining data sets with differing licensing terms; (ii) copyright issues associated with databases and maps; (iii) copyright and the Freedom of Information Act, and (iv) the movement towards “full and open” spatial data.

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-11:45 Session 1 (continued): Intellectual Property
Melanie Holloway, Leading-Edge Law Group
Discussion of potential issues associated with growing availability of
“full and open data”.

12:00-1:1:15 Lunch
Anne Hale Miglarese, Booz Allen Hamilton
Key legal and policy considerations for the National Geospatial Advisory

1:30 – 2:30 Session 2: Privacy
Kevin Pomfret, Executive Director
Discussion of relevant case law and recent developments related to location privacy, including: (i) proposed legislation and regulation in the U.S., (ii) Fourth Amendment issues associated with location privacy; and (iii) privacy issues associated with “crowd-sourcing”, the SmartGrid and Intelligent Transportation System (ITS).

2:30-3:30 Session 3 Use of Spatial Data in the Courtroom
Rick Crowsey, Crowsey Incorporated (invited)
Discussion of the issues associated with the growing use of spatial data in litigation and other legal disputes.

3:30 – 345 Break

3:45 – 4:45 Session 3: Data Quality/Liability Issues
Kevin Pomfret, Executive Director
Kevin Pomfret, Executive DirectorDiscussion of relevant case law and recent developments concerning potential liability claims, including: (i) tort claims; (ii) product liability and (iii) future issues associated with use of spatial technology for commercial purposes.

4:45 – 5:45 Session 3 (cont’d): Data Quality/Liability Issues
Michael Phelan, Law Offices of Michael G. Phelan, P.C.
Discussion of how a litigation attorney looks at issues of quality.
Registration $50. For more information, contact Kevin Pomfret at

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