[Tagging] "Caution" on military pages

Andrew Hain andrewhainosm at hotmail.co.uk
Mon Jan 18 18:21:05 UTC 2021

You can also put the message in multiple languages into a template similarly to https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Template:Mapping_Private_Property, which makes it easier to roll out any future changes to the text.

Template:Mapping Private Property - OpenStreetMap Wiki<https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Template:Mapping_Private_Property>
Please map private property with care. It is not appropriate to map fully private objects such as home toilets or rubbish bins. Mapped objects should be fully public, tagged carefully with access=permissive, or available to paying customers and tagged with access=customers.Significant private objects such as building outlines or swimming pools should be visible from a public place.

From: nathan case <nathancase at outlook.com>
Sent: 18 January 2021 10:04
To: Tag discussion, strategy and related tools <tagging at openstreetmap.org>
Subject: Re: [Tagging] "Caution" on military pages

This approach makes sense to me. For consistency, the suggested text could be added to an Ambox https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Template:Ambox (maybe caution type?) and set as a template which can then be added to military-related pages.



From: Graeme Fitzpatrick <graemefitz1 at gmail.com>
Sent: Monday, January 18, 2021 4:48 AM
To: OSM Tag <tagging at openstreetmap.org>
Subject: [Tagging] "Caution" on military pages

Re-visiting this topic, which was the subject of much discussion during the recent Military bases proposal!

Currently, there are a number of different "Warnings" re mapping military facilities on some of the related pages eg






but not on others.

As per the recent discussions:


some people thought that yes, a warning about mapping potentially sensitive features could be good, others were against it as it's not illegal.

I spoke to the Legal Group, who responded with:

"OSMF and LWG are not in a position to evaluate the laws of all countries in which there may be mappers or mapping activity.

As the Terms of Use say:

"You are responsible for your own actions: You are legally responsible for your edits and contributions, so for your own protection you
should exercise caution and avoid contributing any content that may result in criminal or civil liability under any applicable laws.
Although we may not agree with such actions, we warn editors and contributors that authorities may seek to apply other countries’ laws
to you, including local laws where you live or where you view or edit content. OSMF generally cannot offer any protection, guarantee,
immunity or indemnification."

This general caution applies to both mapping of military installations as well as mapping of other sensitive areas (or mapping/surveying in

I see no reason to alter the text of this paragraph. Feel free to link to it or quote it in any wiki pages, but note that LWG does not
regularly review or monitor the contents of wiki pages for legal accuracy"

So, are we happy with replacing the main Caution notice on https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:military with something along the lines of:

Caution. Before mapping potentially sensitives sites such as these, please be aware of the OSMF Terms of Use


It could also include the text of that particular section?

Should this same notice then also be included, probably as a template, on all military pages?


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