[Talk-GB] Ordnance Survey response

SteveC steve at asklater.com
Mon Jan 18 16:17:20 GMT 2010

Richard your views on the rasters seem a little bizarre, harking back to a golden era where cartography was respected by the good folk of the land and had pride of place... etc.

Basically you're shamelessly protecting your own pretty small industry from competition with a lot of waffle about OS' mapping the far north and how they need 9 million quid. I know you don't like the free market, but surely them opening up the rasters too would provide more interesting and better maps, and the rising tide would raise all the boats. I don't buy the vision that it would decimate the 'industry' I think if anything it would strengthen and improve it.

Yours &c.


On Jan 14, 2010, at 3:52 AM, Richard Fairhurst wrote:
> Hi all,
> As threatened I've finished a response to the Ordnance Survey consultation:
>   http://www.systemeD.net/documents/os_consultation.pdf
> For those without the appetite to read five pages of PDF, the summary is:
> - Good news generally
> - Releasing 1:25k and 1:50k rasters is not necessary and may be harmful
> - Access to aerial imagery should be provided, with no restrictions on tracing
> - Licence should take account of EU database rights
> I'd encourage everyone here, whether or not you agree with this, to  
> send your own response to the consultation. You can bet that there  
> will be well-funded people lobbying for the other side. Volunteer  
> projects like OSM have traditionally not been great at having their  
> voices heard in the corridors of power; let's make sure this one  
> doesn't get away.
> The original consultation is at  
> http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/corporate/ordnancesurveyconsultation  
> .
> cheers
> Richard
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