[Imports-us] Union County Georgia Building Footprints

Jason Remillard remillard.jason at gmail.com
Sat Nov 30 23:38:03 UTC 2013

Hi Serge,

On Sat, Nov 30, 2013 at 6:29 PM, Serge Wroclawski <emacsen at gmail.com> wrote:
> Randal,
> Thanks for making this page and engaging in the import process.
> Regarding the license, in the United States, only the Federal government can
> place something in the Public Domain (it's a very specific term that has
> legal meaning), so if their intent is to make the data as public as
> possible, then I suggest that they place the data under a CC0 license (or
> some other very permissive license), or if they can't do that, there's a
> process by which they can donate the data to OSM.  We need a document
> showing that the license is OSM compatible, and that's tricky. Even if the
> license were the same as OSM is now (ODbL), then there are issues because
> OSM itself may change licenses in the future (in fact, it's nearly
> guaranteed to do so at some point, if only to upgrade to a new ODbL).

Assuming they own the copyright on the data, they are allowed to give
up those rights and release the data into the public domain.


This is not true in other places outside the US.

> In addition, as has already been discussed by others- we need to see the
> actual data in its original form to evaluate it- and of course we'd like
> ideally, to have the conversion script used to convert the data from its
> upstream format (presumably Shapefile) to the OSM form. In absence of that,
> though, the original data and the .osm files.

I agree, Randal, when you are ready post some osm files for review. No
need to upload it to do the review.


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