To pay or not to pay - That is the question

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Regarding access to remote sensing data, there are a number of aspects that need to be taken into consideration such as user time limit for e.g. space scientists, what rights do the involving states have, access rights for foreign domains and archiving. But the most central aspect is perhaps the pricing of such information. The demand for remote sensing data creates a competitive market, a market driven by price and self-interest. However, unlike food or other primary needs, remote sensing data is not a life supporting product; hence if the price is perceived as too high the data will not or cannot be used by e.g. organisations and authorities. If remote sensing data would be made more accessible to users through e.g. affordable prices and international information sharing systems, it could be beneficial to mankind in terms of supporting global sustainable development.


  • Anna-Karin Bergman
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
  • Law and Society


  • copyleft, GMES, satellite data, GEOSS., Sustainable development, public goods
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - 2005
Publication categoryResearch
Event31st International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment - St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
Duration: 2005 Jun 202005 Jun 24


Conference31st International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment
CountryRussian Federation
CitySt. Petersburg