[HOT] Pakistan Imagery
samlarsen1 at yahoo.co.uk
Wed Sep 1 14:15:10 BST 2010
> > We're actually working on an imagery fund to get rid of the licence issues
>we are all having.
> > So in times of a disaster, we would just buy imagery from a satellite
>provider and open it up on a wms. Not only you, but also our users keep asking
>for raw data, and that's the only way of going. Buying this stuff, so you can
>be sure, it'll be there right after the disaster and publishing it, so anybody
>can access it. Thinking of earthquakes where every hour counts and only having
>imagery after 3 days doesn't make any sense. If you buy it, you get the
>service. If you ask for free, you're always depending on the good will of the
> This is good to hear
> Though even if we had funds to buy imagery, I wonder if it comes with terms of
>use that disallow deriving vector map data and putting it out there under
>creative commons or obdl.
Even if the data has been paid for - does not necessarily mean we can use it in
It is good that there is a body attempting to acquire imagery at a cost in times
of need. Maybe we could work on our specific purchase arrangement with the
imagery supplier. For use in OSM - that would mean they would have to grant the
ability to create derived datasets from their imagery (via tracing) under our
hotly debated new license & contributor terms .
Also, are the cost of these imagery purchases discounted in any way from the
imagery provider? They could possiblly give us/UN-SPIDER an ethical purchase
discount and advertise this as part of their ethical corporate policy.
> We would need to ensure that osm can use imagery for our purposes.
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