[ESIP-all] FYI: New Paper on Liability of Citizen Science Data

Tilmes, Curt (GSFC-6190) via ESIP-all esip-all at lists.esipfed.org
Wed Sep 10 08:42:12 EDT 2014

Thought this might be of interest to some..

In particular, it points out implications of the Data Quality Act
(sometimes called the Information Quality Act) we've previously discussed.


Agency Liability Stemming from Citizen-Generated Data
by Bailey Smith, JD, Research Assistant, Commons Lab

Published September 5, 2014
New ways to gather data are on the rise. One of these ways is through
citizen science. According to a new paper by Bailey Smith, JD, federal
agencies can feel confident about using citizen science for a few
reasons. First, the legal system provides significant protection from
liability through the Federal Torts Claim Act (FTCA) and Administrative
Procedures Act (APA). Second, training and technological innovation has
made it easier for the non-scientist to collect high quality data.

Download the PDF here


Disclaimer: This is a working paper to be submitted for peer review. This
report should not be construed as legal advice. Groups should consult
with counsel prior to adopting any of the strategies identified in this

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