In order to address federal, state, and local open records laws, agencies recommend specifying a data-sharing plan when acquiring crowdsource data.

A synthesis of state and regional agency experience acquiring proprietary data for transportation applications.

Nationwide; United States

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Licensing agreements often place restrictions on what crowdsource data may be shared with the public. Agencies should specify a data-sharing plan in contracts to acquire crowdsource data to address federal, state, and local open records laws.

Respondents and interviewees recommended the following:
  • Involve agency legal counsel in contract negotiation.
  • Specify terms of use in the contract, and try to include all agency internal business areas while balancing the cost.
  • Specify the data-sharing plan in the contract.
  • Specify how to handle open records requests in the contract.

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Practices on Acquiring Proprietary Data for Transportation Applications

Author: Zhang, Xu; Chris Van Dyke; Greg Erhardt; and Mei Chen

Published By: The National Academies Press

Source Date: 01/01/2019

Other Reference Number: ISBN 978-0-309-48051-2

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