[talk-au] Incorporating public information into OSM - Legal situation

Ross Scanlon info at 4x4falcon.com
Tue Aug 20 08:29:18 UTC 2013

Did they confirm with Geoscience that the "Creative Commons Attribution 
3.0 Australia" is compatible with ODBL?

This is one of the reservations that some of us had with changing to ODBL.

Also you will find it's not that easy.  It takes a significant amount of 
time and effort to include this data from the downloaded shapefiles. 
They can not just be imported to osm.


On 19/08/13 19:19, Brett Russell wrote:
> Hi
> I have been working on OSM maps for bushwalking and this has generated a
> fair bit of interest. A few people have taken up mapping and one person
> approached me on lifting rivers and streams data from the 1:250,000
> publicly available data. My response was no as it is likely copyrighted
> and OSM requires no restriction be placed on the data. Not to be
> defeated he wrote to A/g Manager, Information & Product Management
> Policy Unit Information Management Corporate Services | GEOSCIENCE
> AUSTRALIA and received this reply.
> "Thank you for your email enquiry in regards to copyright and Creative
> Commons. The material available as a free download under a Creative
> Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia licence is still under copyright. We
> are releasing many of our products under the CC-BY licence which means
> that you may share (copy, distribute and transmit the work), remix and
> make adaption or even make commercial use of the work. The only
> condition for using the product under this licence is that you must
> attribute Geoscience Australia.
> http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/au/deed.en
> If you have any further questions or would like me to send you the
> attribution statement we require please let me know.
> Regards"
> Given that this data (rough as it might be) might be available what is
> the OSM community thoughts on an Australia wide approach? Basically has
> anyone been down this road. I would imagine the challenge would be to
> identify what data is available under what license.
> Anyway your thoughts please.
> Cheers
> Brett
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