This project developed a free dataset of geographic vector information
for the German city Osnabrück (State Lower Saxony).
The data is free in the sence of Free Software
and licensed under the GNU General Public License (GNU GPL v>=2).
Since 2007 it is additionally available under the
Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license and the Open Database License (ODbL)
Frida was a great success, the geographical data has been used
by many projects e.g. Thuban, GRASS and others
to demonstrate the capabilities of Free Software for handling geographic
data and teach GIS.
Detailed free geographic vector data almost unavailable
for Europe at all in 2002. Only the USA released significant data
paid by taxes to the public.
We hope that Europeans will also release more data to the public
under liberal terms, since it would benefit the use of geographic information
in our society for private and commercial purposes.
Successful efforts like Frida will help to convince the European governments
to change their mind. So OpenStreetMap is very welcome and Frida's data
was transfered to them. Please join OpenStreetMap to further improve
the data situation for Osnabrück and other parts of the world.