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Submitted by AgnesL on
This agreement comes as a disappointment to humanitarian & development workers as well as the open data advocates and the mapping community. Google has very strict license agreements which can be caricatured by "Give us your data, we'll do with it what we want, and don't you dare try to do anything else with that data." (as nicely synthetised on http://www.globalintegrity.org/blog/google-world-bank-map-deal) When encouraging governments, international organizations and NGOs to map infrastructure for disaster preparednes and other development drives, I would expect the an international organization that otherwise seems to stronlgy supports open data to either channel such efforts to an open tool like Open Street Map, or to use its prestige and power to negotiate a particular licensing agreement with Google, as Patrick Meier suggested here: http://irevolution.net/2012/01/20/google-inc-world-bank-empowering-citizen-cartographers/