[OSM-legal-talk] MoU between OSM and NLSF

Pekka Sarkola pekka.sarkola at gispo.fi
Tue Jul 3 17:02:50 BST 2012

Dear Friends,

I have prepared with National Land Survey of Finland Memorandum of
Understanding (MoU) about usage of their datasets by OpenStreetMap
activists. Hare is current draft text for everybody to comment:

Memorandum of Understanding

This Memorandum of Understanding (hereinafter “MoU”) is between the National
Land Survey of Finland (hereinafter NLSF) and OpenStreetMap contributors
(hereinafter OSM). 

NLSF started to use a new Open Data License for their topographic
information datasets (hereinafter Data) on 1st of May 2012. NLSF’s Open Data
License grants a worldwide, free of charge and irrevocable parallel right of
use to open data. This MoU clarifies how Data can be used when OSM are
collecting data to be part of OpenStreetMap database.

Usage of NLSF’s data
NLSF data can be used at least two (2) ways by OSM:
- As reference data: NLSF Data can be used as reference data. For example
NLSF’s raster maps or aerial photographs can used as source data when OSM
databases are digitized, corrected, validated or in any other way.
- As import source: NLSF Data can be imported to be an integral part of
OpenStreetMap database.

OSM will add NLSF’s contribution to OpenStreetMap wiki pages as follows:

    National Land Survey of Finland
      Contains data from National Land Survey of Finland Topographic
Database and other sources, 
      data extractions started on 05/2012. More specific data sources and
data extraction dates are 
      documented as part of data and in OSM wiki pages

OSM are preparing guidelines for all OpenStreetMap data collectors on how to
include necessary tag-information for the OpenStreetMap data features.

Reasons to make this kind of MoU:
- Common understanding among OSMers what can and what cannot do with NLSF
- Clarify OSMers goals for NLSF when using their datasets

Some people may say that we don't even need this kind of MoU. IMHO: maybe
it's better to have something than nothing.

However, all comments are welcome!



Pekka Sarkola
Gispo Oy
pekka.sarkola at gispo.fi   - GSM +358 40 725 2042
www.gispo.fi – www.paikkatieto.com 

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