[Talk-us] USGS imagery (was: Changeset 5393406)

Eric Wolf ebwolf at gmail.com
Fri Aug 13 06:08:29 BST 2010

Getting a consistent directory of services has been one of my crusades at
the USGS. Fortunately, other people have picked up on it as well. The
services behind the new National Map Viewer 2.0 will all follow a more
predictable naming scheme. I'm hoping the USGS will do more caching of tiles
as well (but the USGS still thinks hard drive space is expensive).

I'll dig around a little... personally, I'm wary of using the Terraserver
imagery unless there has been a specific license granted to OSM to use it.
Even though they are technically just "hosting" public domain data, the
nature of public domain is that they can claim copyright over it within the
context of their hosting service (just as people can print it in a book and
claim copyright on the book). Unlike cc-by-sa or odbl, if something is pd it
can become more restrictively licensed by third parties. The crazy thing is
that people actually make money by selling copyrighted versions of free


Eric B. Wolf                           720-334-7734

On Thu, Aug 12, 2010 at 10:52 PM, Ian Dees <ian.dees at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Thu, Aug 12, 2010 at 11:39 PM, Alan Mintz <Alan_Mintz+OSM at earthlink.net<Alan_Mintz%2BOSM at earthlink.net>
> > wrote:
>> It sure would be nice if these individual image sets were available
>> through a common interface, instead of having to find/add all the separate
>> links.
> 1) Check out http://openaerialmap.org/. Christopher Schmidt set it up a
> while back but had to shut it down because he ran out of free time. There's
> tons of interest in it, but not enough coders.
> 2) In the mean time, I've been working on getting imagery available through
> hypercube.telascience.org (the SDSU server that used to run
> OpenAerialMap). I'm testing NAIP right now and can add higher-res
> WMS-sourced imagery on top if you have a link to add.
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