[OSM-dev] USGS fork of OpenStreetMap

80n 80n80n at gmail.com
Thu Jul 29 17:37:22 BST 2010

On Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 4:18 AM, Eric Wolf <ebwolf at gmail.com> wrote:

> The OODB license that OSM uses places requirements on data consumers.

Eric, it's really neither accurate nor helpful to refer to OSM as being
licensed under OODB... ;)

I guess you intended to say ODbL instead of OODB, but even so, neither is
correct.  OSM content is licensed under CC-BY-SA.

There is a process in place to move it to ODbL but until that actually
happens, if it ever does, it is firmly licensed under CC-BY-SA.  At the
current rate of progress it will continue to be licensed under CC-BY-SA for
some time yet.


> There are people exploring shifting the USGS license model but that may
> take an Act of Congress (literally!).
> Of course, this means all of the data in a USGS fork can be put into OSM.
> Also, any code changes we make would be offered to the community.
> -Eric
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> Eric B. Wolf                           720-334-7734
> On Wed, Jul 28, 2010 at 8:17 PM, Paul Johnson <baloo at ursamundi.org> wrote:
>> On Thu, 22 Jul 2010 10:27:49 -0600, Eric Wolf wrote:
>> > An initial project has started at the USGS to explore using the OSM
>> > stack to facilitate our data integration and, eventually, involve more
>> > user generated content (i.e., give a home to The National Map Corps).
>> > The project is currently titled the OpenStreetMap Collaborative
>> > Prototype (OSMCP). It's a really small team (three people, part time)
>> > working on this. Initially we are working with a state GIO (geographic
>> > information office), loading their data into OSMCP, configuring the
>> > tools to use our schema and then co-editing the data. It's really just a
>> > "see what temperature the water is" kind of project right now but will
>> > be expanding later this year and next.
>> Given the sparsity of mappers in the United States, why not directly
>> contribute to the project, rather than attempting to fork it?  The USGS
>> could be a bigger asset to OSM than the US Census.
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