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Posted by GMHeyes on 6 March 2012 in English (English)

I read earlier on in someones diary that the uk is about to lose a swathe of data due to licence changes? Does this mean that quite a lot of peoples hard work is about to vanish? Does that mean we are only going to get to a certain point and then thats it?

Comment from Milliams on 7 March 2012 at 12:08

There are some people who have not agreed to license their work under the new licence that OSM will be using. This means that we cannot legally publish their data. As a result of this, we will have to recreate their work. As of today I believe that we will keep about 99% of the data in the UK but by the time we make the switch, that number will hopefully be smaller.

Even though we will lose some data, it will be replaced in short order.

This does not just affect the UK but rather the whole world. Some countries will be affected more than others.

There is some more information at http://www.osmfoundation.org/wiki/License/We_Are_Changing_The_License

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Comment from GMHeyes on 7 March 2012 at 12:12

So basically their data will disappear, and then slowly but surely be replaced by others who have agreed to the new licence? And the map will continue to go from strength to strength?

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Comment from GMHeyes on 7 March 2012 at 12:13

What I dont understand is why would anyone be willing to share data/contribute and then change their minds?

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Comment from robert on 7 March 2012 at 12:56

a) They may not agree with the new license
b) They may be paranoid about the OSMF
c) They may have forgotten about OSM and we have no way of contacting them.

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Comment from Milliams on 7 March 2012 at 13:03

"And the map will continue to go from strength to strength?"

Exactly, once the incompatible data is removed we will continue mapping as normal; adding new developments, mapping pubs, adding buildings etc.

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