[talk-au] Sourcing street names form existing maps

Matt White mattwhite at iinet.com.au
Sat Nov 24 06:08:19 GMT 2007

I agree - you've definitely got to be cautious - and realistically, you've
got to know the area reasonably well to even start. But scanning the maps,
the majority of main roads are both in place, and the same name - the issue
tends to be smaller streets, courts etc that either disappeared or got
extended etc. Looking in my own area (Brunswick) there's probably 20 streets
that no longer exist, and about 8-10 that have been renamed. But there's
also some interesting stuff - named laneways that are still there, but no
longer bear the name etc.

I've found heaps of errors in Google maps (interesting a few of these were
fixed in te last couple of days), and probably 10 or so in the Melways,
including in one Melways edition what looks like a copyright trap.


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[mailto:talk-au-bounces at openstreetmap.org]On Behalf Of Stephen Hope
Sent: Saturday, 24 November 2007 04:36
To: Talk-au at openstreetmap.org
Subject: Re: [talk-au] Sourcing street names form existing maps

I'd be cautious of using these maps even for street names, whether it
was legal or not, because they are so often wrong.  100m down the road
from my house in Brisbane is a street where every map I've seen (and
Whereis, my gps - everybody) has a different name to what is on the
road signs.  My aunt in Bellingen lives on a road that has one name on
my GPS map, a different name in the local Bellingen tourist map, and a
third one on the street sign.  If you do end up cross-checking against
a map, I'd only mark it as a potential conflict to check, don't assume
the map must be right.

Stephen Hope

On Nov 24, 2007 3:16 PM, Matt White <mattwhite at iinet.com.au> wrote:
> I realise this topic has sort of been discussed before, but I'm still
> curious about the copyright implications of using a street map to source
> cross check street names (and only street names). Is it a closed issue
> because someone has actually received legal advice indicating that, or is
> just nobody has any real idea, and erring on the side of caution seems
> better way?

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