[OSGeo-Discuss] Fw: open access resources/Natural Earth Data & Cartography 2.0

Arnulf Christl (OSGeo) arnulf at osgeo.org
Thu Dec 3 23:41:52 PST 2009

Martin Bunch wrote:

Great resource, thanks for the link.

One slightly off topic comment on the term "non-commercial" further down...:

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> -----Forwarded by Martin Bunch/fs/YorkU on 12/03/2009 09:18PM -----
>     To: CAG List <caglist at lists.uvic.ca>
>     From: Kristopher Olds <olds at geography.wisc.edu>
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>     Date: 12/03/2009 08:05PM
>     Subject: [Caglist] open access resources/Natural Earth Data &
>     Cartography 2.0
>     Hi - Canadian geographers, with geospatial interests, might be
>     interested in some new open source, non-commercial resources our

The use of the term "non-commercial" in this context is probably meant 
to convey that the sources do not originate from a commercial project. 
It should not be confused with a restriction of use as some Creative 
Commons licenses optionally have. This data has been released to the 
Public Domain and can be used for any purpose. The web site has a 
concise terms of use page: 

Thanks for this, it is the maximum possible level of freedom for data. 
Well done, well done.


>     faculty, staff and students (and their colleagues) have been heavily
>     involved in developing.
>     The first is Natural Earth Data, an effort to create a comprehensive
>     set
>     of freely accessible geospatial data. The effort was led over the past
>     six months by Nathaniel Kelso of the Washington Post and Tom Patterson
>     of the US National Park Service. The data is now freely available here:
>     http://www.naturalearthdata.com/
>     Additional information:
>     http://kelsocartography.com/blog/?p=3173
>     The second is Cartography 2.0, a free online knowledge base and
>     e-textbook for students and professionals interested in interactive and
>     animated maps:
>     http://cartography2.org/
>     We hope these resources are of use to some of you.
>     Best wishes,
>     Kris
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Arnulf Christl
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