These high quality aerial images of Christchurch following the devastating February 6.3 magnitude earthquake have been made available on the Koordinates platform under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 New Zealand licence.
The images were produced by New Zealand Aerial Mapping (NZAM) for Land Information New Zealand. Their birds-eye-view perspective of the area helped Christchurch Police, Civil Defence, and other emergency services asses damage.
The Creative Commons licence attached to their public release allows anyone to legally copy, share, and adapt the imagery as long as they attribute the source.
The move to make public sector materials available under an open access option such as the Creative Commons Attribution licence is in line with the New Zealand Government Open Access and Licensing (NZGOAL) Framework. This framework provides guidance for agencies when releasing copyright works and non-copyright material for re-use by third parties (the public), and was approved by Cabinet last July.
Those assisting the government to encourage Creative Commons licensing under the NZGOAL framework have noted its utility during the post-quake period where access to information and imagery is hugely important, and agencies are looking for guidance on releasing these materials.
Earlier this week Civil Defence released some inner city footage for screening at memorial events under a Creative Commons Attribution licence also.
The NZ Defence Force are following suit by making their collections of recent photos, many of Christchurch, Creative Commons Attribution via a Flickr stream.
The non government project ‘Christchurch Recovery Map‘ has also taken up the Creative Commons movement surrounding the February events. Its open and crowd-sourced map application of damage and relief reports throughout the city provided an API function and map images available under the Attribution licence.