[OSGeo-Discuss] OKF / OSGeo response to the consultation on opening Ordnance Survey data

Jo Walsh jo at frot.org
Mon Feb 22 07:26:09 PST 2010

dear all at OSGeo,

In sending this mail I'm following the protocol for letters of support 
coming from OSGeo:

As you may have heard, there's a public consultation running in the UK
on options for open licensing national mapping data maintained by
Ordnance Survey.

There's been some discussion on the OSGeo-UK list and the Open Knowledge 
Foundation discuss list about a shared response to the consultation.

Here's the basically final draft - wording could change a little.

The consultation outlines 3 options: 1) is Do Nothing, 2) is Open
Everything, 3) is "staged release" of some products including postcode
geolocations (critical in the UK as a postal code is typically less than 
a city block in size) and adminstrative boundaries.

The response sets the case for a modified Option 2, all raw vector data.

Deadline for the response is March 17th, but it would be great to
publish it within the next week, so it can be circulated and perhaps
have a chance of influencing others' responses.

This would be a shared response with the Open Knowledge Foundation.

[[During a period of 3 days (72 hours) the OSGeo community will have an 
opportunity to respond with comments indicating why OSGeo should or 
should not explicitly support the project. If more information is 
required that should be stated during this review period.]]

Still accepting edits, but don't plan to change the intent of the doc.

be well all,


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