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

Robert Whittaker (OSM) robert.whittaker+osm at gmail.com
Tue May 15 08:52:41 BST 2012

Thanks for the replies so far. Is there anyone who can give official
confirmation as to whether
http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Contributors is the right place for
attribution statements? And does anyone know how you go about
proposing (and getting agreement for) a change to
http://www.openstreetmap.org/copyright so that it also directs users
to http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Contributors ?



On 9 May 2012 09:08, Robert Whittaker (OSM)
<robert.whittaker+osm at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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 to 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 trail 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 further
> 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 ?
> (Ok, so you can get to http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Contributors
> from the main page by clicking "Documentation" on the main OSM page,
> and then "Contributors" from the left-hand bar of the wiki. But given
> the presence of the "Copyright & License" on the main page, and the
> attribution statements contained at
> http://www.openstreetmap.org/copyright , I don't think a reasonable
> person would consider looking anywhere else for additional
> attributions.)
> Thanks,
> Robert.
> [1] http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence/
> --
> Robert Whittaker

Robert Whittaker

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