Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Rand Org Report on Assessing Homeland Security Implications of Publicly Available Geospatial Information

From the geowanking mailing list and the Curious Judith blog comes this link to an interseting report from the RAND Corporation:

http://www.rand.org/pubs/monographs/2004/RAND_MG142.pdf

The report is entitled "Assessing the Homeland Security Implications of Publicly Available Geospatial Information".

Here is a summary of the report from the preface:

This report assesses the homeland security implications of publicly
available geospatial data and information. Specifically, it seeks to
frame the analytical issues concerning whether and how this type of
data and information that is available from U.S. government sources
can be exploited by terrorists and other adversaries seeking to attack
U.S. critical infrastructure and other key homeland locations. We
give particular attention to surveying and characterizing these federal
data and information within the broader context of diverse publicand
private-sector producers of potentially relevant geospatial information.

This is a big report...but I think it touches on a critical issue for GIS enthusiasts in all parts of the world and I hope to read it at some point.

The Sunburned Surveyor

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