[OSM-legal-talk] [OSM-dev] [OSM-talk] GSoC applications are in! MENTORS wanted

Sebastian Spaeth Sebastian at SSpaeth.de
Tue Apr 8 15:38:12 BST 2008

Nick Black wrote:
>>> And because they derive from Google Maps, more importantly.
>>  I think we should be a bit more careful with such statements. Nowhere on
>> the geonames page do they say that data is, or should be, derived from
>> Google Maps.
> What?  Geonames allows you to move and edit data which is overlaid
> onto a Google Map.  Go to http://www.geonames.org/maps/cities.html and
> click on a city.

It is true that http://www.geonames.org/manual.html
uses google maps to tell people how to add and edit place names etc.
Which is IMHO as close to being derived from Google Maps as it gets.

At the least it is being much less cautious than we are in respect of
data "cleanness".


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