[OSGeo-Edu] reminder, monthly chat tomorrow at 8am US-Central,
raghavan at media.osaka-cu.ac.jp
Thu Aug 10 22:18:18 EDT 2006
Won't be available for tomorrows meeting as I am on the
road promoting OSGeo in India.
Jo Walsh wrote:
> dear all,
> On Thu, Aug 10, 2006 at 10:15:13AM -0500, P Kishor wrote:
>> 2. Developing a commons-type license for geospatial data -- are there
>> any special considerations for geospatial data that we should be aware
>> of, that we should lobby for.
> Within the geodata group there's been a bit of thinking about this -
> this is more of an early-days linkdump than an ongoing discussion:
> The best candidate license i know of is the PGL, linked from there.
> This was an effort begun by Daniel Faivre of camptocamp, and picked up
> by Dave Sampson who's now a core member of the Ottawa OSGeo chapter -
> The core 'extra' consideration identified by the PGL posse has been
> metadata licensing and what terms apply to it as well as data.
> The Canadian government geodata licenses linked there also look really
> promising. It seems as if all the best things happen in Canada...
> There are also a lot of thorny 'derived work' considerations when it
> comes to geocoding and georeferencing from a licensed body of work.
> A provocative "worst case scenario" was produced by Richard Fairhurst:
> "ShareAlike Considered Harmful"...
> >From where i'm sitting, it looks very much as if *specific licenses*
> have caused an awful lot of fruitless painful discussion with regards
> to collectively produced and maintained geodata - i've seen this
> discussion circle round and round on the openstreetmap talk and
> legal-talk lists and reach no conclusion. I find efforts to describe a
> set of principles to which a given data license should comply, very
> attractive (think "OSI-compliant") particularly this one:
> http://okd.okfn.org/ <- Open Knowledge Definition
> Also worth checking out is the approach to developing a license-first
> open geodata repository within Harlan Onsrud's group at U.Maine:
> I would absolutely love to reach a conclusion to a geodata licensing
> discussion. But, you know despite the fact that "open source has won"
> there are still gangs of people here in Cambridge shouting at each
> other "open is not free!" / "free is not open!", and they're still
> talking about *software* ;)
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