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.


  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.