[odc-discuss] OpenStreetMap congratulates OpenDataCommons on ODbL 1.0 release

Mike Collinson mike at ayeltd.biz
Sun Jul 5 18:39:38 UTC 2009

The OpenStreetMap Foundation has been working closely with Open Data Commons on the ODbL terms and congratulates Open Data Commons members on the release ODbL 1.0 and thanks them for all the hard work put in.  

Steve Coast of their License Working Group says, "OpenStreetMap <http://www.openstreetmap.org/>http://www.openstreetmap.org/, is the leading global community-created map data initiative, with a rapidly growing crowd-sourced database approaching 1 terabyte freely available to all. We are looking for a robust license that specifically addresses the licensing of open data with Share-Alike provisions but found that open data and open database licensing is very much a pioneering area, so we have been working with Open Data Commons. Open databases have an environment different from licensing software code or individual creative works and we appreciate the legal skills and hard work that Open Data Commons has provided.  We congratulate them on a milestone event and will began a community decision making process whether to adopt the license directly." 

About the OpenStreetMap Foundation:

The OpenStreetMap Foundation, <http://foundation.openstreetmap.org/>http://foundation.openstreetmap.org/, is an international non-profit organisation dedicated to encouraging the growth, development and distribution of free geospatial data and to providing geospatial data for anybody to use and share.  It supports but does not control OpenStreetMap, the leading open initiative to create and provide free geographic data such as street maps to anyone who wants them. Over 125,000 contributors globally collaborate, building a multi-gigabyte database which is available with growing data for every country on the planet. 
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