OS OpenData License

Status: 
Escalated to data holder
Data request description: 
This is not a request for data, as such, but a request for standardisation of the license under which it is offered. OS OpenData is currently offered under the "OS OpenData License" [1] which comprises the standard "Open Government License" [2] together with an additional requirement to maintain attributions on sub-licensed data. This additional requirement means OS Open Data cannot be used as widely as other Government Open Data, creates additional burdens on data users, and potentially means OS OpenData cannot be mixed with data-sets licensed under the Open Database License [3]. I'd like to request that the OS simply use the standard Open Government License for their data, or at least explicitly state (within the license) that their additional clause does not affect users' ability to re-use the data under the Open Database License. [1] http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/docs/licences/os-opendata-licence.pdf [2] http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence/ [3] http://opendatacommons.org/licenses/odbl/
Reason: 
Other
The data itself is fine to access, but additional clause in the license means that there can be difficulties using it or mixing it with other data.
Suggested use: 
Business Use
Personal Use
Community Work
Research
Benefits overview: 
With a standard license, common to many data-sets, it will be much easier for users to make use of the data and combine it with other data.

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Data use

Im not sure why some people have chosen to down vote this idea as it is a real world prolem. I have had many people tell me that they are concerned about using data released under the Orndance Survey OpenData licnece due to the additional clauses the OS have added to the standard Open Government Licence. Although Ordnance Survey have confirmed that they have "no objections to geodata derived in part from OS OpenData being released under the Open Database License 1.0" it is unclear whether this extends to other data sets (such as Hampshire's Public Rights of Way data, which although using the OS OpenData licence, is not part of the "OS OpenData" datasets. It is also unclear how Royal Mail, CodePoint data is effected.

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Related request

A more comprehensive version of this request has now been submitted, providing more detail and several constructive suggestions to work around the issues. It can be viewed at data.gov.uk/data-requests/all-datasets-available-under-the-os-opendata-licence-ordnance-survey . I'd suggest that anyone wanting to comment on this issue does so under this other request, to keep everything in one place.

(Unfortunately, the spam filter on this posting system seems overly aggressive, and it won't let me make this post with the link above clickable -- even though it's an internal link within this site! Sorry about that -- you'll just need to cut and paste it instead.)

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OS OpenData Licence replaced by Open Government Licence

Ordnance Survey have today announced that they will adopt the OGL for all OS OpenData products. So this request is basically sorted.

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