[Talk-GB] OS OpenData and ODbL OK

Michael Collinson mike at ayeltd.biz
Mon Jul 4 13:53:24 BST 2011

Good news.

I hope that helps a number of UK contributors who have been uncertain as 
to whether they can accept the new contributor terms because their 
contributions are derived in part from OS OpenData. Unless you have used 
Code-Point Open data, unequivocally, yes you can.

Following my correspondence and  a follow-up informal meeting by Henk 
Hoff, I am now pleased to announce that the licensing group of the 
Ordnance Survey has explicitly considered any licensing conflict between 
their license and ODbL and "has no objections to geodata derived in part 
from OS OpenData being released under the Open Database License 1.0."  
At the moment, this excludes Code-Point Open, (postcode) data since they 
are awaiting a response from Royal Mail who have rights in that dataset.

Pending the Royal Mail response, the OS may well also add a specific 
ODbL compatibility clause.

If permitted, I will make some of the correspondence public so that you 
can see the exact question asked and the response.

I would like to thank the Ordnance Survey for their kind consideration 
and the speed in which they were able to give a response.

Michael Collinson
License Working Group

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