[Talk-ca] OGL licenses

Stewart Russell scruss at gmail.com
Fri Jun 2 23:12:00 UTC 2017

On Jun 2, 2017 6:40 PM, "john whelan" <jwhelan0112 at gmail.com> wrote:

Treasury Board Canada's Open Data License 2.0 has been reviewed by the
legal working group and deemed OK.  The City of Ottawa's license which was
derived from the TB one has been accepted.

Yes, the whole Federal licence has passed LWG muster. Ottawa and a select
few other places like Vancouver have too.

TB is coming out with a tool kit for open data for the municipalities which
includes the suggested licence.

We don't know what this will look like yet, and if munis have any latitude
to change it, they likely will and thus break it.

Licences which are not based not the TB license such as Toronto and Ontario
are going through LWG at the moment.

But this review is only of Ontario and Toronto. There are hundreds of tiny
variations across the country, so there can be no blanket approval. Even
differences in punctuation matter.

Even if we got Toronto approval, that wouldn't cover the Toronto Public
Library data, for example. That's under a different licence still.

So for the moment I would suggest you help yourself to City of Ottawa Open
Data and that available through the TB portal

Not just TB, but all of data.GC.ca is under the federal OGL-CA 2.0. This
includes NRCan, Industry Canada, and many others. But not the federal
shipping charts or aviation data: those are still vigorously protected.

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