- 1 OSi, OSi, why do you treat me so
- 2 EPA
OSi, OSi, why do you treat me so
OSi Copyright infecting some providers datasets
Issue - Datasets are listed on data.gov.ie or elsewhere as CC-BY 4.0. The terms and conditions calling out OSi copyright on some providers data portals makes it unclear as to OSi's stance. Is data being offered (in good faith) on data.gov.ie and other Irish govt data portals e.g. EPA, safe to use?
OSi boundary data releases are generally useless
Issue - OSi have deliberately degraded all of their boundary data to 20 meters meaning they are pretty useless for our needs.
OSi feature datasets are also generally useless due to arbitrary limits placed on them
Issue - One example is OSi's Lakes / Reservoirs dataset. For some unknown reason a limit has been set, "Water with area ≥ 0.4 km²", which means the file contains only 188 bodies of water.
By comparison, a similar file from the EPA contains 12,217 bodies of water
OSi attribute data is often useless
Issue - The attribute data fields in a lot of OSi datasets look like they have been stripped of any useful information. One example is their Airfields dataset which doesn't even contain the name of the airfields themselves.
Why can I not just download the data. Instead I have to provide my email, complete a captcha and then wait to be emailed a link to download the file (wtf?!)
EPA data reuse
- Licenced as CC-BY 4.0 on data.gov.ie
- OSi copyright implications
- Commercial restrictions listed in FAQ - "It is not permitted to distribute to a third party for commercial benefit as it has been made freely available to all."