[OSM-legal-talk] Updated geocoding community guideline proposal

Alex Barth alex at mapbox.com
Fri Jul 11 02:52:20 UTC 2014


I just updated the Wiki with a proposed community guideline on geocoding.

In a nutshell: geocoding with OSM data yields Produced Work, share alike
does not apply to Produced Work, other ODbL stipulations such as
attribution do apply. The goal is to remove all uncertainties around
geocoding to help make OpenStreetMap truly useful for geocoding and to
drive important address and admin polygon contributions to OpenStreetMap.

This interpretation is based on what we hear from our lawyers at Mapbox. As
this is an interpretation of the ODbL, grey areas remain and therefore,
seeing this interpretation adopted as a Community Guideline by the OSMF
would be hugely helpful to create more certainty about the consensus around
geocoding with OpenStreetMap data.

Please review:
https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Open_Data_License/Geocoding_-_Guideline

Cheers -

Alex

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