Traffic Reguation Order consultation
There is a short consultation survey on Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs). We have used the chance to submit a response calling for Openly Licenced data free from OS derivative copyright claim:
We are a non-profit company that represents the OpenStreetMap community in the United Kingdom. It is our view that TRO data should be universally available as open licenced data free from any underlying (derivative copyright) claim.
Typically data that is of a geospatial nature has been derived in part from Ordnance Survey data - this creates barriers to releasing the data as open licenced data and prevents it from being incorporated into other datasets, such as the OpenStreetMap project. We ask for the Ordnance Survey to make a clear statement waiving any claim they have over TRO data.
If this is not possible, then we encourage Highways Agencies to use alternate sources of geospatial information when making TROs. We are aware of one local authority which is publishing their 20 mph speed limit TROs using Ordnance Survey's existing OpenData products (rather than the usual MasterMap product) to ensure that their TROs can be made freely available as openly licenced data.
Freely accessible TRO data can deliver significant benefits to the UK (e.g. better routing for heavy goods vehicles).
In regards to data formats: We prefer TRO data to be made available in digital file formats. If PDFs/Image files are used, then these should be provided alongside the raw geospatial (GIS) data.
We would be supportive of a central repository of TRO data (see for example the food hygiene rating data published at www.food.gov.uk/ratings as an example of a central repository of local authority data) if it is cost effective, does not created unnecessary delay in accessing the data, and is open data.