I recently attended two symposiums (USEUCOM and C-Sigma - TEXAS V) where the subject of "Data Sharing" was discussed. As I looked around the room, it struck me that for different groups, the term “data sharing” conjures up very different feelings. From an Administration's perspective, Data Sharing means equal access between partners in order to further collaboration and advance the cause whether that cause is security, defense, ecological, meteorological, etc. But from the Data Provider’s perspective Data Sharing equals Bankruptcy!
I think there needs to be an open and honest dialogue between industry and governments to start a discussion on the compensation structure that needs to be put in place. A structure that would allow for competition between providers and also to ensure there is payment each time the data is accessed by one of the sharing partners.
This is where the problem arises again of really defining “sharing”. Too often Administrations believe Data Sharing means buy once and distribute to all but to the Data Provider, Data Sharing means distribute once and charge to all.
What’s the reality then? Until these very basic definitions are resolved, I see very little hope for progress