[Talk-GB] Licence change - one month to go

Richard Fairhurst richard at systemeD.net
Fri Mar 2 14:35:57 GMT 2012

We change to the new licence in just under a month's time, so it's a 
good time to look at the current state of the UK. What's likely not to 
be carried through to the new database?

The good news is that the UK is in a very healthy state overall.  Just 
under 99% of nodes will survive (98.68% according to odbl.poole.ch, and 
there have been a couple of acceptances since then), 97.64% of highways, 
and 99.48% of other ways.

But there are a few significant problem areas:

- NE Surrey/SW London
- Hertfordshire (Luton, Hemel etc.)
- the Wirral

There are also milder problems in Manchester, Coventry and Hampshire, 
and, of course, isolated pockets here and there.

On the other hand, vast swathes of the country are almost unscathed: 
Wales and Scotland are both in fine fettle, so too East Anglia, the 
south Midlands and Cotswolds, Yorkshire and the North-East, the 
South-West, the Marches.

Obviously a small number of people have made it clear that they do not 
intend to agree to the new licence, and their work is lost to us. We are 
continuing to try and contact those who have not yet indicated either 
way, and have had some recent successes. But this is likely to be a game 
of diminishing returns, and there are some people who are just 
uncontactable - registered e-mail addresses at expired domains with no 
other presence on the web, that sort of thing.

If you have some free time over the next few weeks, do go and remap. P2 
and JOSM both have licence status displays. Bing and OS StreetView are 
immensely useful resources (my P2 prefs have them assigned to function 
keys F1 and F2 for easy reference). The 'BADMAP' layer on Cleanmap (see 
below) is an easy way of discovering things that need fixing. It would 
be good not to have any nasty surprises on 1st April. :)

Useful resources:

	http://cleanmap.poole.ch/ <-- see what's likely to be kept/lost
	http://url.ie/e717 <-- OSM Inspector licence-change view
	http://odbl.poole.ch/great_britain-20120213-20120229-poly.html <-- 
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