Pedja has tried it a while ago but they have declined. As I have said on the mailing list some times ago, it seems easier to get data on a local level. We got the permission to use data from Subotica, Senta and Vršac.
@Thomas: Has this approval been issued to a specific individual, or was it given to the actual project? Do you have anything in writing? I think it would be a good idea to start a database and storage of these documents and approvals.
Senta and Subotica gave permission to the OSM project (really official letter with official seal). Vrsac gave me personally a letter following my visit at the cadastral office at the Gradska Kuca.
Until now, the database of approvals is here at my PC
Nah, I am sure everyone here is multilingual anyway. But we’ll keep on working on making you the modern day Goete
Anyhoo, yeah, I guess it would be a good idea to form some non profit in Serbia and organize something so that these and similiar items are managed and kept there. Thats the long term idea at this stage.
I personally would suggest to get in touch with other communities like Open Source/Open Data/Wikpedia etc to set up one non profit entity. It is probably hard to fullfil the legal obligations for such an entity with only the OSM community. In Germany the FOSSGIS (which stands for Free and Open Source Software for GIS) is acting on behalf of OSM Germany. Also Wikimedia, which operates a non profit company here, ensures that we get some funds from the multi million Wikipedia funds. Last year 5,000 for aerial images, this year 20,000 for local language maps etc.
Rather than making me a Goethe, I would prefer a recommendation for a book like “Serbian cyrillic for dummies”
Што се тиче ортофото снимака било би лепо када би смо могли да користимо барем локалне GIS изворе, скоро сваки град их данас има (нпр. један од њих http://gis.ni.rs/ ) али мислим да је проблем у законској регулативи, ове институције и неби имале ништа против, питање је под којим условима их је могуће користити.
we got permission to use the Subotica GIS http://www.suboticagis.rs/
It is worth to ask. I was in touch with a teacher at the University Niš and he wanted to ask because he was using the Niš GIS and OSM at the university.
Here he is http://www.openstreetmap.org/user/djorke
His name is Milan.
But I am not sure if he has asked and what the outcome was.
There are several public GIS across Serbia like here http://gis.kragujevac.org.rs/ There was a EU funding for it. As far as I know one condition was to made the results public. That would explain why these websites exist. But I am not sure how far this “public” goes.
yes, we only need the WMS adress then you can add it like Bing, Landsat etc. It is also possible to add scanned maps or orthophotos in the background with an own WMS. If some people follow the “local name” thread here in the forum and set up an own mapserver (which can be uses as WMS), it is not a big deal to use it for JOSM and provide the resource to other mappers. It does not matter if it is a 1MB map or hundreds orthophotos with xx GB forming a mosaic.