My friends in the great white north (Canada) are really way ahead of the game when it comes to GIS. They did fund the development of JUMP, after all, and they are at it again. They've released a guide to the dissemenation (or distrubution) of GIS data. This is another document I hope to read when I get some time.
I wish the federal government in the United States would release such a comprehensive policy document.
Here is the link to the PDF:
The Sunburned Surveyor