[talk-au] Copying address from business website?

Sebastian Spiess mapping at consebt.de
Thu Jul 25 23:07:36 UTC 2019

I do consider the website of a business public. Why else would the 
business have the website?
So if said website provides information that makes sense in OSM, I add 
Yes the brain is to be switched on, always, e.g. opening hours - I 
follow what the shop states if they differ from the site.

I do agree that aggregator sites or many of these listings that are just 
SPAM in my view shoudl not be considered an acceptable source - as they 
are not the primary source of the information but rather have crawled 
the web for it.


Am 2019-07-22 17:28, schrieb Simon Poole:
> There was just a longish discussion on legal-talk on the topic:
> https://lists.openstreetmap.org/pipermail/legal-talk/2019-July/thread.html 
> (note that AUS is one of the three countries with a strong sweat of the
> brow doctrine).
> From a legal POV completing information with data from the
> establishments own website should in general be OK, from a QA
> perspective brain needs to be turned on as, just as with any other data
> source,  there is no guarantee that website contains current and 
> correct
> information.
> Compilations of the same data (for example google and so one) should 
> not
> be used for sourcing information for OSM.
> Simon
> Am 22.07.2019 um 05:04 schrieb Kim Oldfield:
>> Is it acceptable to copy a street address (and other contact details)
>> from a business's webpage?
>> For example in https://www.openstreetmap.org/changeset/72452124 (what
>> changed is easier to see at
>> https://osmlab.github.io/osm-deep-history/#/way/705884944 ) I added
>> the street address as listed on their website.
>> If this isn't acceptable, what is an acceptable way of getting an
>> address if it is not obvious during a site survey?
>> Regards,
>> Kim
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