Friday, May 01, 2009

Google opens up Mapmaker Data for Kenya

This is exciting enough to rouse me from my blogging lull.

Google announced in this blog post that they are making the map maker data for Kenya available under a pseudo creative commons license for non-commercial use. Governments, non-profits and individuals are allowed to use the data in any non-commercial way with attribution.

If you remember from my previous blog post, my reservation about map maker was that the data was not owned by the public. All though this announcement does not put the data into the public domain it goes a long way to eventually making it happen.

Another positive is that this opens the possibility of data portability with Open Street maps.

This is exciting news and I hope this trial is successful so that more countries can get access to their mapping data.

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