[OSGeo-UK] Responding to the consultation on opening Ordnance
j.cook at oxfordarch.co.uk
Mon Jan 25 06:31:37 EST 2010
This is fantastic! I am in discussion with Tyler about an OSGeo response to the proposals, but a joint OSGeo-OKFN response would be even better.
I'd urge everyone to take a look at the proposals, and even if you don't feel happy adding your comments to the document, feel free to raise them here. For instance, in my initial (albeit rapid) scan of the consultation, I felt that they were missing a large sub-set of people using the data. They talk a lot about "community mashups"- eg people making maps for their voluntary organisation, or something like that. They also talk about people making money from adding value to data, or selling software etc. Academics using data are also mentioned. But what about those of us who are not academics but use the data in our day-to-day work and don't directly profit from it. I didn't feel that sector was considered at all.
Hope to hear from you all soon!
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From: "Jo Walsh" <jo at frot.org>
To: uk at lists.osgeo.org, discuss at lists.okfn.org
Sent: Thursday, 21 January, 2010 20:26:44 GMT +00:00 GMT Britain, Ireland, Portugal
Subject: [OSGeo-UK] Responding to the consultation on opening Ordnance Survey's data
Vanessa Lawrence, Director of Ordnance Survey, gave a frank and clear
talk about the consultation on access to national mapping data in the
UK, at the Digimap 10th birthday event in Edinburgh yesterday.
"Be heard clearer, earlier" was one of the points in Vanessa's talk.
Organisations are sweating over collective responses, from industry
associations, interest groups. Compromise responses leave limited room
"There is nothing to stop you from sitting down on a Sunday evening and
framing your views"... "this is your chance to say what you have been
thinking all along." The consultation homepage itself makes it clear
that the questions are just a guideline, and that responses can be
broader than a reaction to Options 1, 2, and 3 outlined in the document.
I started drafting an "Open Response to the OS consultation".
This is an attempt to set out the case for open licensing all OS data,
and the reasoning behind a sustainability model for it, as succinctly as
can be managed. Would ideally like to publish this under the banner of
OSGeo-UK and OKFN. Hoping for feedback on the idea, but more than that,
edits on the draft document:
Looking to be finishing this in the second week of February,
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