[OSM-talk] Yahoo has very bad resolution images of Croatia, why?

Valent Turkovic valent.turkovic at gmail.com
Sun May 17 22:16:46 BST 2009


On Sun, May 17, 2009 at 2:39 AM, Russ Nelson <russ at cloudmade.com> wrote:
>
> On May 16, 2009, at 2:26 PM, Iván Sánchez Ortega wrote:
>
>> El Sábado, 16 de Mayo de 2009, Valent Turkovic escribió:
>>>
>>> We really need higher resolution images in order to make better
>>> openstreetmaps for Croatia.
>>
>> I encourage you to talk with Croatia's "State Geodetic Administration"
>> (www.dgu.hr) . They should have both maps and aerial images, and
>> asking them
>> for permission won't hurt.
>
> Yes, you should always ask such an entity.  Chances are pretty good
> that they already have aerial imagery and geodata.  Different
> government entities have different policies.  The US Government has
> the principle that it cannot claim copyright on data produced at
> taxpayer expense, so everything it does is public domain.  Some state
> governments feel the same way.  Others are wiling to share, but only
> within a closed group (like the New York State GIS Consortium -- which
> I liken to the Roach Motel of geodata: data checks in, but it never
> checks out).  The only way to find out is to ask.  And if they try to
> claim copyright, you could point out that the US Government provides
> all its information freely.  Whether they like the USG or not, that's
> a reason to do better than them (us).
>

They have a price list on their pages, giving away maps is out of the
question for them ;(
That is why we are dependent on Yahoo to provide maps and that is why
some of them are looking at google maps even if they shouldn't :(

Valent.



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