[Talk-GB] OS OpenData and ODbL OK

David Groom reviews at pacific-rim.net
Mon Jul 4 14:19:49 BST 2011

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Michael Collinson" <mike at ayeltd.biz>
To: "OSM talk-gb" <talk-gb at openstreetmap.org>
Sent: Monday, July 04, 2011 1:53 PM
Subject: [Talk-GB] OS OpenData and ODbL OK

> 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.
This is excellent news.  Thanks to you, Henk and the OS.



> I would like to thank the Ordnance Survey for their kind consideration 
> and the speed in which they were able to give a response.
> Regards,
> Michael Collinson
> License Working Group
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