[HOT] Pakistan Imagery

Sam Larsen 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 [1].
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.
> Katie

[1]  http://www.osmfoundation.org/wiki/License/We_Are_Changing_The_License 


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