[OSGeo-Discuss] defining a Geospatial Integration Showcase to be launched at FOSS4G 2009

Christopher Schmidt crschmidt at crschmidt.net
Thu Oct 23 06:49:26 PDT 2008

On Thu, Oct 23, 2008 at 08:21:03PM +0900, Venkatesh Raghavan wrote:
> Cameron Shorter wrote:
> >If we find a data custodian who is keen to get their data into the 
> >Integration Showcase, what sort of criteria should we be specifying for 
> >that dataset?
> >What license?
> Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0
> Same as OpenStreetMap

Please do not encourage new data releasers to release geodata under
creative commons licenses. It has ben a source of major disagreements
with regard to openstreetmap, and I don't think it's any better for
anyone else.

Geodata is not creative. Creative Commons licenses are written for
creative works. Even the Creative Commons people I've talked to don't
think geodata should be covered under anything other than 'CC Zero'.

http://www.opengeodata.org/?p=262 sums this up quite well: if you
haven't read it, *Please do* before advising anyone who has not already
released data on license issues. 

Christopher Schmidt
Web Developer

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