[Scottish] chris fleming - openstreetmap talk

Alastair Broom abroom at valleyt.co.uk
Mon Nov 12 13:47:15 GMT 2007

For those that missed Chris Fleming's OpenStreetMap talk at edlug in  
June, he's giving the talk again this Wednesday to the Scottish Society 
for Computers & Law (the same society that hosted Eben Moglen's lecture 
earlier this year).

Chris will be demonstrating OpenStreemap, explaining Creative Commons, and 
trying the get the lawyers to believe that companies and individuals 
create Intellectual Property (in the form of mapping data), then give it 
away. Thats right lawyers: give it away (cue: <gasp>, "it'll never work", 
etc etc)

Attendence is free, but you have to pre-register on the email address 

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To book a place please reply by 
e-mail to: rosie.saunders_AT_advocates.org.uk

Scottish Society for Computers & Law
SSCL Autumn Seminar 2007
Around the World in 80 Clicks
(Legal and IT aspects of geospatial data)

Wednesday 14 November 2007
6.00 for 6.30 p.m. 
The Faculty of Advocates, McKenzie Building (behind Fringe Office) High 
Street, Edinburgh

The OpenStreetMap project is a way of creating a free crowd sourced map 
allowing users use of the data for any purpose they might wish, avoiding 
some of the restrictions of both traditional mapping and seemingly free 
maps such as Google maps. Since it started over 5000 people in every 
continent have start mapping from places as diverse as Iraq, Australia, 
Brazil, Spain and Germany. Mapping of the whole of the Netherlands has 
been donated by a commercial mapping company and at the current rate of 
progress it is hoped that the mapping of the UK will be completed by the 
end of 2008.

In this talk, Chris Fleming will talk about and demonstrate the mapping 
process, how to create a map without violating copyright from the use of 
GPS devices to sources of copyright free data such as out of copyright 
maps and aerial photography. At its inception OpenStreetMap chose a 
Creative Commons ShareAlike-Attribution licence, and Chris will talk 
about the appropriateness of this licence for this kind of project, what 
this style of licence has encouraged and both the benefits and the 
limitations of the licence conditions. He will also consider alternative 
licences and the difficulties involved in changing licences.

Chris graduated from Edinburgh University with a degree in Computer 
Science and Electronics in 2000. By day he works for Agilent Technologies 
(formally part of HP) based in South Queensferry monitoring systems for 
telecoms networks. While working on web development he became frustrated 
with the state of commercially available sources of mapping data and so 
became involved in the OpenStreetMap project in early 2006. Since then he 
has been participating in discussions around the usage and licensing of 
the data as well as talking about the project in Scotland and organising a 
mapping party in Edinburgh.

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