[OSM-legal-talk] BC Open Government License

Paul Norman penorman at mac.com
Fri May 4 18:48:39 BST 2012

I've added DataBC to the wiki page. I've had a look at the data and I don't
foresee any imports taking place but I do see some of the layers being
useful for references (e.g. names of highway rest areas) as well as for
pointing out where there is something to map.

It looks like the data from the large complex data sets is already included
in datasets we can already use like CanVec.

The origin of the data is well documented and it's all from government
ministries. There's always the chance that they mistakenly included some
third-party data but that's possible with any data source.

I'm still working on trying to get the raw GeoTIFFs from DataBC instead of
just access to the openmaps server.

> From: Michael Collinson [mailto:mike at ayeltd.biz]
> Subject: Re: [OSM-legal-talk] BC Open Government License
> Thanks Paul, this is good news.  These kinds of license are appearing in
> a number of countries and are a great way of providing open geodata by
> governmental organisations.
> One small correction, but a positive one:  The license is based on the
> pure UK Open Government License [1] rather than the one used by the UK
> OS OpenData. The Ordnance Survey use an adultered version which is not
> necessarily compatible with OSM; we had to get explicit clarification
> from them to use data.
> I've just read through the BC license and my conclusion is also it is
> compatible with our contributor terms in conjunction with ODbL, CC-BY-SA
> or a future license provided that on our official attribution page [2]
> we attribute them (5a) and state that we have not official status (5b).
> The existing OS attribution can be used as a model. A link to a separate
> project web-page describing the data and how we use it would also help
> with 5c.
> My only caution is 7c (third party rights) but agree with Paul's
> conclusion. My guess is that this would be more applicable to documents
> that contain specific elements like a photo or map with more restrictive
> licensing. For geodata, just check that if there is suite of datasets,
> that there is not one with more restrictive rights.
> Mike
> [1] http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence/
> [2] http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Attribution
> On 03/05/2012 01:17, Paul Norman wrote:
> > The BC government has released data under the Open Government License
> > for Government of BC Information[1] which is based on the same license
> > used for OS OpenData information[2]. OS OpenData can be used in OSM[3]
> >
> > The OGL BC is, broadly speaking, an attribution only license that
> > makes allowances for attribution where combining information from
> > multiple sources.
> >
> > The only potential concerns are under section 7, exemptions, and
> > section 10, governing law.
> >
> > 7a and 7b cover information that the FIPPA act prohibits the
> disclosure of.
> > The government does not have the authority to grant permission to use
> > information FIPPA prevents the disclosure of so even if these clauses
> > were not present it would not change what they had licensed.[4]
> >
> > In practice this is a non-issue since the type of data that would be
> > of interest to OSM is not personal information that the government is
> > prohibited from disclosing. These terms are also of the BC equivalent
> > of the OS terms.
> >
> > 7c states that the government does not license what it doesn't have
> > the rights to license. Without this term they would still not be
> > granting a license to information they can't license.
> >
> > 7d is not an issue. There is no database directive in BC and otherwise
> > the term is the same as the OS term
> >
> > 10 is the same as the OS term.
> >
> > Given that the OS license is already acceptable I see no reason why
> > this license is also not acceptable.
> >
> > [1]: http://www.data.gov.bc.ca/dbc/admin/terms.page
> > [2]:
> > http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/oswebsite/docs/licences/os-opendata-
> licence.
> > pdf
> > [3]: http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Ordnance_Survey_Opendata
> > [4]: FIPPA would override the license.
> >
> >
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