[Talk-us] OpenStreetMap use by (local) governments - examples?

Martijn van Exel m at rtijn.org
Mon Nov 7 19:30:00 GMT 2011


On Mon, Nov 7, 2011 at 10:57 AM, Richard Weait <richard at weait.com> wrote:
> On Fri, Nov 4, 2011 at 6:14 PM, Martijn van Exel <m at rtijn.org> wrote:
>> All:
>> I am trying to engage with the local government here in SLC and I'd
>> love to provide them with some practical examples of how the use of
>> OpenStreetMap has benefited local government. Who knows of a US /
>> N-American example? Are there any?
> Dear Martin,
> Natural Resources Canada (specifically the Centre d'information
> topographique de Sherbrooke) is Canada's  national mapping agency.
> They have allowed OSM to use their GeoBase, CanVec and other data sets
> for inclusion in OpenStreetMap.  Some of the staff there are also OSM
> contributors.  All of that is pretty cool.  The also publish their
> updated geo data in .osm format.  I'm not aware of another government
> agency that does that.  And they use changes in OSM and significant
> differences between OSM and their data to suggest areas of interest
> for their surveys and updates.

I did not know that their involvement went that far. I'm particularly
interested in the difference trigger; I think a lot of local
governments could use OSM in such a way given there's an active local
community of some substance. That way they would avoid the legal
pitfalls of directly using OSM data (incompatibility of PD and
CC-BY-SA/ODbL and possilbly liability, IANAL) and still benefit from
community knowledge. It would be great if we could provide some sort
of manual / how-to for governments on how to do that *mental note*.

> I'm told that they have plans for other initiatives that involve OSM
> but those are not yet active projects.

I'll try and keep tabs on them. Do they post on the list or edit the
wiki themselves that you know?

martijn van exel
geospatial omnivore
1109 1st ave #2
salt lake city, ut 84103

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