[Intevation News] Free data of Osnabrück contributed to OpenStreetMap
benni.kirschner at intevation.de
Fri Oct 19 18:52:29 CEST 2007
Free data of Osnabrück contributed to OpenStreetMap
Vector data of the City of Osnabrück, Germany has been contributed
to OpenStreetMap  (OSM). The data was created 2003 during the Frida 
project led by Intevation GmbH  and in cooperation with lat/lon GmbH and
the City itself.
Result of the project was a digital streetmap of an European city,
which is free to use, improve and copy for non-commercial and commercial
"The project has been a great success", says Jan-Oliver Wagner, Managing
Director of Intevation. The data is used in powerful Free Software
Geographical Information Systems (GIS) like Thuban , GRASS  and
other applications. It proofed especially useful for improving
the software and teaching GIS. To contribute the data to OSM,
Intevation has converted the dataset and re-published it
under the Creative Commons ShareAlike 2.0 license.
OpenStreetMap allows users to create and maintain data all by themselves.
It provides for geodata, what a wiki software provides for text.
With a simple GPS-device anybody can record waypoints, and then use a computer
to add attribute information. Up to do day, more than 9 billion waypoints
have been uploaded by OSM users this way.
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