Licensing Working Group
Tuesday 9th July 2013
18:00 - 18:25 UTC
Agenda & Minutes
Present: Oliver Kühn, Michael Collinson, Dermot McNally
Minutes by: Michael
1. Adoption of Minutes of last meeting
Note: This editable minute link is for LWG members only. A public version is normally available at http://www.osmfoundation.org
2. MATTERS ARISING (open action items from previous meetings)
3. Finalise today's agenda
4. Trademark Registration (Simon)
Not discussed, Simon not present.
5. Conforming maps to “legal” and nationalistic requirements
Final review of proposed policy doc
The document is now formally entitled, “Information for officials and diplomats of countries and entities with disputed territories”. Simon improved the preamble text for clarity via email and during the meeting we considered and clarified each “OpenStreetMap” reference to mean either the database itself (not a human entity), the community or the foundation.
We agreed that it was now ready for Mike to send to the board as our proposal for their consideration. As we were only 3 in the meeting, Mike will additionally get Simon’s formal consensus before doing that.
6. Community Guidelines/Norms
We have two well-formulated guidelines, three immature ones and the issue of “Geocoding” which might be resolved by an additional guideline.
Oliver proposed formalising a process for generating these.
We decided to start by documenting the process as it stands right now so that it can be refined and improved to get better traction:
Background: Open licenses, in our case the ODbL, are general licenses and are silent on very specific domain issues. In our case, the domain is geodata. This can mean that potential users of our data can be put off use as they feel such use is in a grey area on which it is difficult to get a straight answer on. A practical example is what qualifies as a “substantial extraction”, (European Database Directive), when extracting data from OpenStreetMap? The Foundation cannot make formal interpretations of the ODbL nor the European Database Directive since it is not the author.
The concept: To address this, the LWG came up with the concept of Community Guidelines during the license change process in response to specific use cases. [OpenDataCommons also has a broadly parallel process called Community Norms].
The process as it stands today:
Tuesday 23rd July at 18:00 GMT/UTC (may clash with Management Team meeting)