[OSM-talk] Hitting reset on talk-au
frederik at remote.org
Mon Jul 11 13:58:03 BST 2011
On 07/11/11 14:46, Brendan Morley wrote:
> * If ABS2006 is a mistake licensing-wise, then it would be a mistake to
> import any Australian Government geodata into OSM these days.
I belive importing *any* data into OSM is a mistake most of the time. It
doesn't help you at all in building a community. If the foundation of
your project are imports then you'll utimately have a few bigwigs
writing the scripts and deciding how things are done. That's a different
kind of project - a "collection of open government data" maybe. I
believe ESRI are doing something like that. But you'll not find a
community caring for your imported gov't data.
There's really no reason for official land parcel data in OSM. Importing
official land parcel data will certainly deteriorate, and not improve,
the quality of OSM. If someone in Australia was really planning to
import that, and is now hindered by the license change, then I must say
the license change came just at the right time.
(Mind you, the new license doesn't seem to keep the Brits from drawing
on attribution-only sources released by *their* government but maybe the
law is stricter down under?)
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