EDIT 2009/05/19: The service has been re-enabled – see this post…
After running my KML based Openspace Overlay for Google Earth service for the best part of a year, the Ordnance Survey has decided that the service is in conflict with the OpenSpace Developer Agreement, and I have had my API key disabled.
Although I have requested clarification on exactly what aspect of the agreement I am in violation of, or how I could make changes to to the service so I can comply with agreement, they have chosen that they would rather block the it. I will give full details of my conversation with the OS below.
What can you do about it?
Over the year, many of you have sent me great feedback of how you are using this service for many things including hiking, biking and even in schools. I have really appreciated this! I believe this service has benefitted the community, and that is why I have worked on it and hosted it (at my cost).
I believe the the Ordnance Surveys actions are unfair and unnecessary. If you feel similarly, here are some things you might like to do:
- Contact the Openspace team at the Ordnance Survey at let them know how you were using this service.
- Help shape the future of the Ordnance Survey by voicing your opinions about their future “strategy“.
- Follow the Free Our Data campaign to find out why we should be allowed to use our data.
Finally, if you do follow up on this, and have time, drop a comment at the end of this post to let me know!