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

Cameron Shorter cameron.shorter at gmail.com
Thu Oct 23 12:22:50 PDT 2008

Chris, and the geodata list,
Your comments are valid.

Does OSGeo have an official stance on data licencing? If not, I think we 
Currently, the Australian government is moving licencing the majority of 
their data (including geospatial) under Creative Commons.

The responses I've heard from Australian government about Zero Commons 
is that the license is still in draft, and that a government will need 
the license to move out of draft before a government can recommend 
government agencies use it.

I assume this is the license being referred:

Christopher Schmidt wrote:
> 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. 
> Regards,

Cameron Shorter
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