[Talk-GB] Phone Mast data - Guardian reports

Robert (Jamie) Munro rjmunro at arjam.net
Mon Feb 26 12:21:25 GMT 2007


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John McKerrell wrote:
> On 26 Feb 2007, at 09:01, Robert Hart wrote:
>>
>> > More info here:  http://www.freeourdata.org.uk/blog/?p=103
>>
>> That's interesting. I was wondering yesterday about the legal status
>> of information released under FOD was - does it count as PD? Or is it
>> more a case of copyright + fair use? Does it matter if the
>> organisation doing the releasing derives the data from OS?
>>
>> It would be very interesting to try a similar exercise with other
>> mappable sites. CofE churches? post boxes, post offices? Army bases?
>>
> How bizarre, I was only talking about base station data with somebody
> yesterday. For those who are unaware, this site has had their locations
> on it for a while but is fairly nasty:
> 
> http://www.sitefinder.ofcom.org.uk/
> 
> As for other mappable sites, I think the biggest problem would likely be
> that the people holding the data wouldn't necessarily know the lat/lons
> of the locations. For example I'm sure the CofE would be happy to give
> us a list of churches, but I'm guessing all they could give us would be
> addresses and postcodes which we currently don't have any free and open
> way of geocoding.

CofE churches should be on http://www.achurchnearyou.com/

Enter a full postcode in the box, and click on the google map that is
shown. I'm on a list that the makers of that site are also on - I'll ask
them if I can get a copy of their data.

Jamie
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