[Talk-us] SOTM-US geocoding/share-alike discussion

Clifford Snow clifford at snowandsnow.us
Sun Oct 21 22:38:39 GMT 2012

On Sun, Oct 21, 2012 at 1:09 PM, Dale Puch <dale.puch at gmail.com> wrote:

> Perhaps some real world examples would help more people with understanding
> this.  What are some clear acceptable uses, unaccepted and what is still
> grey areas.  Perhaps there should be two answers for the grey area
> examples, legally, and OSM intent.

In the SOTM-US the National Parks presentation by Mamata Akella the issue
of using OSM data by the NPS touched on the issue. The National Parks
services data is PD. Using OSM data does not fit with their requirement to
release everything PD. It seems like a natural fit between their data, our
mapping it into OSM (along with the value we add) and their subsequent use
to produce highly desirable maps. I'd hate to see the NPS just take
Potlatch and modify it to fit their PD requirement. Yes, we can still get
the data, but it makes more sense if we can collaborate.

USGS apparently is doing a trial right now with a modified Potlatch to
restart their citizen mapping project. Again, the USGS is required to
release their data as PD.

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