[Talk-GB] Phone Mast data - Guardian reports

Andy Robinson Andy_J_Robinson at blueyonder.co.uk
Mon Feb 26 12:43:19 GMT 2007

Robert (Jamie) Munro wrote:
>Sent: 26 February 2007 12:21 PM
>To: John McKerrell; talk-gb at openstreetmap.org
>Subject: Re: [Talk-GB] Phone Mast data - Guardian reports
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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.

Ah, but where did their location data come from? If it's simply a link from
the Royal mail PAF database via the map engines then we cannot use/derive
the location data for OSM.

The other data for the churches themselves is a very useful resource.



Andy Robinson
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