ScenicOrNot raw data now available for re-use

Scenic Or Not

Matthew’s just updated ScenicOrNot, the little game that we built to provide a ‘Scenicness’ dataset for Mapumental, to include a data dump of the raw data. The dump will update automatically on a weekly basis, but currently it contains averaged scores for 181,188 1*1km grid squares, representing 83% of the Geograph dataset we were using, or 74% of all the grid squares in Great Britain. It is, in other words, really pretty good, and, I think, unprecedented in coverage as a piece of crowd sourced geodata about a whole country.

It’s available under the Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial 3 Licence, and we greatly look forward to seeing what people do with it.

4 Comments

  1. This is great stuff. However, is the nc licence appropriate? Or even required? Technically, this is derived from work with a by-sa licence, so shouldn’t it have the same licence?

  2. I don’t see how the results of voting on a photo count as a derived work – the photo has not been “recast, transformed, or adapted” to use the wording of the CC-BY-SA-2.0 licence. If what you’re saying is true, wouldn’t any review of any CC-BY-SA work have to be released under the same licence?

  3. Sorry, it was a bit of a knee-jerk response to seeing the NC licence :) In all liklihood you are right, the original hasn’t been transformed or is even identifable from the single numeric data point generated! Still, I think losing the NC element gives the data more chance of being used, cited, and further improved.

  4. Hi Paul,

    I don’t think there’s any use in hiding the fact that we’re not a very well off organisation, and ScenicOrNot is not a core project for us, it was just a little toy to generate some data to make Mapumental as good as possible.

    As a consequence if someone was willing to give us some money for ScenicOrNot data, we’d happily use it, and then spend it on other things like TheyWorkForYou.

    best,

    Tom