[Talk-GB] New Scientist article on Google/CASA/Ordnance Survey

Andy Allan gravitystorm at gmail.com
Thu Aug 23 11:36:46 BST 2007

On 8/23/07, Keith Sharp <kms at passback.co.uk> wrote:
> Hello,
> There is an article in this weeks New Scientist (25 August 2007, Page
> 28)[1] about a 3D model of London created by the Centre for Advanced
> Spatial Awareness (CASA)[2] at University College London.  Apparently
> the model was to be integrated with Google Earth but the data was
> derived for the OS MasterMap and Google was unable to agree licencing
> terms with the OS.  According to the article Google wanted to pay a
> fixed fee but the OS was was looking to use their standard terms based
> on how many people access the data.
> >From an OSM point of view there are two good things about this article:
> 1) OSM is explicitly mentioned in the article as a challenger to the
> current OS business model.

With a quote from Steve Coast appearing in the box-out too - double
value. This is the kind of stuff we want in every article about the


> 2) It is publicity about the problems with the OS attitude to data and
> in a widely read, respected, magazine.
> The article, though short, is well worth a read.  There are some great
> quotes about the OS being a dinosaur and failing to adapt to Web 2.0.
> There also seems to be coverage in the Guardian, I don't know if it
> mentions OSM.
> Keith.
> [1] http://technology.newscientist.com/channel/tech/mg19526184.600-virtual-london-shelved-in-row-over-map-costs.html
> [2] http://www.casa.ucl.ac.uk/
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