[OSM-legal-talk] Fwd: OSM (Open Street Map) Creative Commons Licence 2.5 (CCL) versus GeoBase Unrestricted Use Licence Agreement (GeoBase licence)

Jason Reid osm at bowvalleytechnologies.com
Tue Apr 8 02:38:30 BST 2008

Nick Black wrote:
> Hello,
> I've been involved in some ongoing dialogue with Natural Resources,
> Government of Canada, who are keen for their National Road Network to
> be used by OSM.  There are a few particularities of the license that
> need clarifying on OSM's party. Natural Resources are happy that OSM's
> current cc-by-sa license is fully compatible with their own licensing.
>  I would appreciate input from the community here - do we agree with
> Natural Resources' interpretation of the license?  If not can we give
> them some constructive feedback regarding their own license?  If so,
> I'll move ahead with getting the data imported.
> See email below:
> Cheers,
>  --
>  Nick Black
>  --------------------------------
>  http://www.blacksworld.net
Thanks for the update Nick. It's good to see some progress on this 
front, especially with 2 more provinces recently signing agreements that 
will place a much richer data set into Geobase later this year.

I'm not sure if you are aware or not but I had started on an initial 
tool to import the Geobase data last fall, its in the SVN at 
http://svn.openstreetmap.org/applications/utils/import/geobase2osm/. I 
had started developing and testing against the NRN 2.0 data (which 
currently exists only for P.E.I.), but it should work with a few 
adjustments for the base NRN data that they are providing currently.

If nobody has any qualms with the interpretation of the licenses it 
should be rather straight forward to move to the next step. We've 
recently started a talk-ca list for the Canadian users which would be a 
good place to start moving forward as there will be a number of places 
that the data that exists will be more thorough then geobase is, similar 
to what happened with TIGER in places.


 Jason Reid

 Web Technical Administrator
 Faculty of Social Sciences
 University of Calgary

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