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Re: Packaging non-free datumgrids for PROJ.4

On Sat, Nov 22, 2014 at 12:37:41PM +0100, Sebastiaan Couwenberg wrote:
> Hi all,
> The Dutch Kadaster has recently publish their official datum correction
> grid to better support to transformation between the RD and RD/NAP
> projections and ETRS89. It was discussed on the Dutch OSGeo mailinglist
> in the thread starting at:
> http://lists.osgeo.org/pipermail/dutch/2014-October/000975.html
> Unfortunately the license for the NTv2 & VDatum files is problematic,
> not an uncommon for other national government datum files either. It has
> similar restrictions as the EPSG dataset, only allowing modification of
> correction values to a certain extent for instance. The license further
> requires that the correct implementation of the grid corrections are
> tested.
> The issues around this datum grid are documented in the README.Debian
> for the package I've created:
> http://git.linuxminded.nl/?p=pkg-grass/proj-rdnap;a=blob;f=debian/README.Debian;h=4efae0126edf08fd02daaa0f3bb1e3ceb571f928;hb=HEAD
> I'd like to upload this proj-rdnap package to non-free so users don't
> need to get it from a 3rd party repository, or jump through the
> registration hoops to install it manually.
> But I'd like to hear your opinion about packaging non-free datumgrids
> for PROJ.4 first.

That should be ok for non-free, but you know this is usually something about
which ftpmasters have the last word.

> Maybe the non-free restrictions are sufficient to not even have the git
> repository on Alioth, or other reasons to not consider uploading to
> non-free?

No, if we had such sort of restriction we would not be able to distribute at

Francesco P. Lovergine

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