[open-development] Licensing of Common and Fundamental Operational Datasets from United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA)
kate at maploser.com
Mon Mar 4 02:13:03 UTC 2013
One thing that I think the OFK community could help with is having
better information for humanitarian and development organizations on
why NC licenses are not accomplishing what they actual intend and how
there are other ways to accomplish those goals. The guide
“Consequences, Risks, and side-effects of the license module
Non-Commercial – NC(1)" is a great help, but I think having something
more focused to these groups would be of great assistance.
It can sometimes be difficult for example to connect the idea that by
having a license to use data commercially such as in the case of OSM
tools then are created that happen to be useful to humanitarian
response. Reuse of data in ways not expected does not have to be
scary. Though this requires advocacy on many different levels, since
the COD that OCHA is collecting is from so many sources. There is the
two sided issue of having as an open a license on the data as
available and simply just having the data so when a disaster happens
it is available, even if under restriction.
Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team
On Fri, Mar 1, 2013 at 10:58 PM, Jonathan Gray <jonathan.gray at okfn.org> wrote:
> Dear Andrej,
> Thank you very much for your reply.
> By the sounds of things, I'd guess that UNOCHA is gathering together data
> from a wide variety of sources under a wide variety of different terms (both
> explicit and implicit, both ad hoc and issuing from existing reuse policies)
> - and the terms basically cover the lowest common denominator?
> Addressing Tim's issue, I guess the main incentive for trying to change this
> would be to ensure that the barriers to reuse are minimised, in particular
> to enable people to republish or create projects based on datasets that
> would help to assist people on the ground in the event of a humanitarian
> crisis (e.g. data activities around Hurricane Sandy, or Open Street Maps
> response to the Haiti earthquake ). A legal green light would make it
> really clear to people that they are free to republish data or to use it in
> new apps or services that could assist humanitarian efforts.
> But perhaps the best approach is working with various national, regional and
> local contact points, as well as other initiatives to promote open data like
> IATI - as UNOCHA is basically federating this data (rather than being in a
> position to encourage or require certain licensing/reuse conditions)?
> In any case, I'd love to hear CJ's thoughts, and to see whether there are
> any opportunities for UNOCHA to gently encourage data suppliers to
> explicitly open up.
> All the best,
>  http://blog.okfn.org/2012/11/01/hurricane-sandy-and-open-data/
> On 1 March 2013 15:12, Andrej Verity <verity at unocha.org> wrote:
>> Dear Tim,
>> The focal point for HXL (and involved in the COD/FOD project) is CJ
>> Hendrix who is copied here.
>> FYI: although CJ can elaborate, the licensing around CODs is painfully
>> complicated & complex [and is largely out of our control]
>> Kind regards,
>> Andrej Verity
>> Programme Officer (Information Management)
>> Information Services Branch (ISB)
>> UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
>> Tel: +41-22-917-1938 Mob: +41-79-444-5046 Email: verity at un.org
>> Skype: andrejverity LinkedIn: andrejverity Twitter:
>> On Fri, Mar 1, 2013 at 4:06 PM, Tim Davies
>> <tim at practicalparticipation.co.uk> wrote:
>>> Hello Jonathan,
>>> The team involved in HXL - Humanitarian Exchange Language
>>> (http://hxl.humanitarianresponse.info/) - at UNOCHA might have some insights
>>> into this. It's possible the COD data might be feeding into HXL at some
>>> I'm not sure what the licensing around HXL is, or how much focus there
>>> has been on this.
>>> It might be useful to think about what the case is for a change in
>>> license from the perspective of UNOCHA. What would a more open license
>>> enable that serves the needs of the humanarian community? It could be useful
>>> for us to be able to put the case from this perspective...
>>> All the best
>>> On Fri, Mar 1, 2013 at 2:42 PM, Jonathan Gray <jonathan.gray at okfn.org>
>>>> I wonder whether anyone knows anyone working on the United Nations
>>>> Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA)'s Common and
>>>> Fundamental Operational Datasets project ?
>>>> It looks like a very interesting and useful project, and a shame that
>>>> the data doesn't appear to be openly licensed .
>>>>  http://cod.humanitarianresponse.info/about
>>>>  http://cod.humanitarianresponse.info/terms-use
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