[Talk-us] Baltimore Building Outlines Import

Jason Remillard remillard.jason at gmail.com
Sun May 5 03:04:30 UTC 2013


If you carefully read the original mail, you will see two download
links. Both of those links it says the data is public domain  I don't
think the the web site terms of use apply. The data can't both be in
the public domain and have a license.


On Sat, May 4, 2013 at 10:41 PM, Richard Weait <richard at weait.com> wrote:
> On Sat, May 4, 2013 at 12:07 AM, Matthew Petroff
> <openstreetmap at mpetroff.net> wrote:
>> Hello,
>> The City of Baltimore provides a large amount of public domain GIS data
>> through
>> their data portal [1]. Included are city wide building footprints [2],
>> which I
>> would like to import into OpenStreetMap. Other users have already started
>> importing this data in a less automated way. I confirmed with the city GIS
>> office that the data is indeed public domain.
> The City of Baltimore data portal claims otherwise.
> http://www.baltimorecity.gov/TermsofUse.aspx
> "OpenBaltimore is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported
> License."
> They also include in the Disclaimer, "Commercial use is prohibited without
> the prior written permission of the City."
> Either one of those is a big red flag.  Can you publish their assurance to
> you that the data is actually PD? You'll need to publish compelling official
> documentation from the city that can override their published license.  The
> license details on the Baltimore data portal web site make that data an
> absolute, "NO GO" in my judgement.
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