Crowdsourced open data postcode project sued by proprietary vendor
According to Geolytica (http://geocoder.ca/?sued=1),”Canada Post” has sued “Geocoder.ca” in Federal Court, asking “Geocoder.ca” to take its crowdsourced database down, and also to “pay Canada Post” damages on lost business the later has suffered by not selling enough copies of their own postal code file. Geocoder.ca allows one to look up a postal code (eg K2C 1N5) on www.geocoder.ca, or www.openstreetmap.org or a number of other sites that use geocoder.ca data and technology. See also the summary article by Michael Geist, link below.
- Canada Post Files Copyright Lawsuit Over Crowdsourced Postal Code Database (michaelgeist.ca)
- Geocoder.ca sued by Canada Post for their open database of postal codes (geocoder.ca)
Dr. Lea Shanley is the founder and former co-Chair of the Federal Community of Practice on Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science, a vibrant community of 200 federal employees from more than 35 agencies. She is also a co-founding member of the Citizen Science Association. Dr. Shanley recently served as a Presidential Innovation Fellow at NASA, where she helped to foster a culture of open innovation. Prior to this, she founded and directed the Commons Lab at the Wilson Center, served in the US Senate as a Congressional Science Fellow, and worked with local and tribal communities to develop GIS-based decision support systems for city planning, natural resource management, coastal management, and disaster response through the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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