[OSM-talk] Licence redaction ready to begin

Richard Fairhurst richard at systemeD.net
Mon Jul 9 21:46:43 BST 2012

Hello all,

I'm pleased to announce that the licence change bot is ready to get 

Starting this week, we will be 'redacting' the contributions (less than 
1%) from the live database that are not compatible with the new 
Contributor Terms and Open Database Licence (ODbL) - in other words, 
they will no longer be accessible. We are expecting to begin on 
_Wednesday_ (9th July) assuming a couple of final setup details are 
completed by then.

The bot will run in the following order:
     1. Ireland
     2. UK
     3. Western Europe
     4. North America
     5. Australia
     6. rest of the world

Once it is complete, we will be ready to distribute data under the ODbL 
and we'll advise of that with a separate announcement. The final 
pre-redaction dataset available under CC-BY-SA has now been generated at 
http://planet.openstreetmap.org/planet-120704.osm.bz2 . Where data has 
been redacted, any attempt to access it from the API or the site's 
'browse' pages will return a response to that effect.

Test runs have shown that the bot is functioning as we want it to, but 
we will of course be monitoring its progress. We are currently expecting 
it to take in the order of one month to complete; given the many 
variables I'm afraid we can't give a more precise steer yet, but we'll 
aim to keep everyone updated as it runs (via the announce@ and talk@ lists).

There will be _no_ API outage and no other interruption to editing. When 
the bot is running in your area, please do save your edits frequently to 
minimise the likelihood of conflict.

(Separate messages are going to talk-ie@ and talk-gb@ as the first two 
areas to be affected. Please do forward and translate this for your 
local mailing lists.)

As you know we were expecting this to start just after 1st April and the 
complexity of the task incurred the delay. Thank you all very much for 
your patience in waiting for it to get underway. Thank you especially to 
those who have contributed to the code, whether by patches, suggestions 
or just helping to firm up the workings.

for the OSMF board

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