[OSM-legal-talk] Attributing Sources used in OSM

Andy Robinson ajrlists at gmail.com
Wed May 9 10:29:05 BST 2012

Robert Whittaker (OSM) [mailto:robert.whittaker+osm at gmail.com] wrote:
> Sent: 09 May 2012 09:08
> To: Licensing and other legal discussions.
> Subject: [OSM-legal-talk] Attributing Sources used in OSM
> I've just been given permission to use some UK Local Government data
> relating to Public Footpaths and other Rights of Way in OpenStreetMap,
> under the terms of the Open Government License (OGL) [1]. In return the
> County Council is asking for a standard attribution based on the example
> given in the license. So far, so good.
> Assuming that local mappers agree if and how we make use of the data
> (ongoing discussion on the talk-gb lists), can I check that the right
place to put
> this attribution would be in the wiki at
> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Contributors ?
> Secondly, if that's the case, then surely there needs to be an obvious way
> reach that page from the main OSM page. From
> http://www.openstreetmap.org/ , I can easily get to
> http://www.openstreetmap.org/copyright by following the "Copyright &
> License" link in the left-hand bar. But, unless I'm missing something, the
> then runs cold. That page contains a few attribution statements /
> acknowledgements for major data providers, but I'd have thought it should
> also link to http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Contributors for further
> detail and additional statements. Should a link along the lines or "For
> details about these and other sources used to compile the map, please see
> ..." be added just below the bulleted list of countries near the bottom of
> http://www.openstreetmap.org/copyright ?

It would seem that the "Our contributors" section of the
http://www.openstreetmap.org/copyright should either contain the contents of
the http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Contributors page of take visitors
directly to it. Maintaining an ever changing main page is clearly not


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