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From “Shutter Control” to “Big Data”: Trends in the Legal Treatment of Earth Observation Data

  • Ulrike BohlmannEmail author
  • Alexander SoucekEmail author
Conference paper

Abstract

Data is the fuel of the digital revolution. This also holds true for Earth observation imagery gathered through satellites from the vantage point of outer space. While satellite image data once represented scarcely available and mostly government-owned strategic information, it has today become a resource widely available and easily accessible. From climate change to emergency and rescue operations, from border control to agricultural monitoring—the gathering, processing and dissemination of Earth observation data are subject to legal instruments and policy considerations likewise. This article provides an overview over levels of data regulation and exemplifies the trend towards free and open access to this important resource, particularly against the paradigm shift to big data in an ever more digitalised world.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.ESAParisFrance

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