This is a draft of a letter to be sent to fife council - to request more information on the reuse of the data in the List of Public Roads.
I am involved with the OpenStreetmap project.
To quote "OpenStreetMap creates and provides free geographic data such as street maps to anyone who wants them. The project was started because most maps you think of as free actually have legal or technical restrictions on their use, holding back people from using them in creative, productive, or unexpected ways.".
This is a user-generated map, that is generated by members of the public using GPSs, tracing ariel photography, and other means.
In short - I am hoping to use the data from the List of Public Roads to verify the correctness of the existing map of Fife, naming unnamed roads, and to aid in finding areas that need further surveying.
Can you tell me who owns the copyright to the List of Public Roads, and if this is Fife Council, who I would approach for permission to use the list in this way?
Some more explanation.
The map of Fife ( http://osm.org/go/e6Ki44 ) is currently in a fairly basic state. All (?) A roads are filled in, and many B roads, but the settlements vary.
Dalgety Bay ( http://osm.org/go/evfHoSzE-- ) is fairly complete, including streetnames, footpaths and other features.
Glenrothes, ( http://osm.org/go/evfe_Er ) with only a fraction of the roads filled in, many unnamed, and few other features, to Kirckaldy, having only several streets.
As an example of what has been achieved by voulenteers in Bradford - http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Bradford/Mapping_Party over one weekend the inside of the ringroad was completed.
(add 'after' pic from [ http://www.openstreetmap.org/?lat=53.7942&lon=-1.7507&zoom=13# ]
Some areas are even better mapped - http://osm.org/go/0MbFMg (Berlin) for example.
Some work has even been done in the Gaza Strip! http://osm.org/go/xtDQXX0--