[Talk-GB] Ordnance Survey

Russ Phillips russ at phillipsuk.org
Thu Apr 1 09:52:18 BST 2010

And again, I sent this to Richard instead of Talk-GB

On 1 April 2010 09:44, Russ Phillips <russ at phillipsuk.org> wrote:
> On 1 April 2010 09:25, Richard Fairhurst <richard at systemed.net> wrote:
>> Gregory wrote:
>>> Without restrictions? Does that mean no attribution, it sounds like PD.
>>> Or does it mean they haven't told us the exact license yet but it will
>>> be "nice"?
>> The latter, I think. http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/opendata/ is either
>> still password-protected or Slashdotted as I write (well, more likely
>> Guardian-ed)... a prize to the first person who can get through and find
>> out. ;)
> My reading of it is that it's roughly equivalent to CC-BY. There's a
> paragraph at the end that says:
> "These terms have been aligned to be interoperable with any Creative
> Commons Attribution 3.0 Licence. This means that you may mix the
> information with Creative Commons licensed content to create a
> derivative work that can be distributed under any Creative Commons
> Attribution 3.0 Licence."
>> A more sensible approach:
>> Let's use OS data as one of the many sources that helps us map. Quite
>> often I'll add something to the map based on a combination of survey,
>> previous experience, out-of-copyright sources (e.g. NPE), maybe an
>> openly licensed photo (e.g. Geograph), other map information (e.g.
>> street names on NAPTaN nodes), and so on; I'm sure most OSMers are
>> similarly catholic.
>> OS data is one more source. I'd be happy using OS data to help complete
>> Banbury and Worcester, for example, because these are places I know
>> well; I can bring something extra to the map. But I don't think it would
>> do OSM, or any users, any favours if I were to import OS data for
>> Bradford, where I've never been. If you want the raw OS map of Bradford,
>> you might as well use the OS map. The guy who knows Bradford should be
>> the one to add those streets into OSM.
> I'm inclined to agree. I'm originally from Maltby, a mining village
> near Rotherham in South Yorkshire. I've been slowly mapping it with my
> GPS when I've gone to visit people, and I've added some roads from
> NPE. I know it well enough to be sure that the roads I add from NPE
> are still there. In the same way, I could use OS data to add roads,
> then use on-the-ground surveying to add more detail as & when I get
> the chance.
> Russ

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