[OSM-talk] Mapping IoW (I'm a new person with possible interest in doing something)
Timothy Fintan Langner
timflang at btinternet.com
Tue Apr 25 19:50:31 BST 2006
If you map an area and the GPS coordinates are time stamped, and you also
make a POI and called it footpath, surely that should be enough information
to confirm one went out and gather the information for a footpath.
Of course one cannot take information from a copyright map but they can use
copyright maps to find the information they need to collect. If they can't
find the information on the ground then there is a chance that the
copyrighted map is wrong. I know companies use digital finger printing
(adding of non-existent features) but companies also make mistakes from time
That was all I was suggesting. Of course one must be very careful when it
comes to collecting information and one must always keep records of sources
used in case of a complaint.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Tom Carden" <tom at tom-carden.co.uk>
To: "Talk Openstreetmap" <talk at openstreetmap.org>
Sent: Tuesday, April 25, 2006 7:04 PM
Subject: Re: [OSM-talk] Mapping IoW (I'm a new person with
On 4/25/06, Dan Karran <dan at karran.net> wrote:
> On 4/25/06, Nick Whitelegg <Nick.Whitelegg at solent.ac.uk> wrote:
> > I'm not 100% sure, but I *think* that it would be violating copyright
> > law
> > to copy the status of a footpath from an OS map. However, I also *think*
> > that the footpath status indicated on the County Council definitive maps
> > is public domain (however they are typically overlaid on a copyrighted
> > OS
> > map). Don't take this as advice (IANAL), I'm as much asking the question
> > as answering it. Anyone more certain of this?
> I'm no more certain than you Nick but I'd say that you wouldn't be
> copying the status of the footpath from the map, more using the map to
> find footpaths and then using any information from signage (they're at
> least signposted with a green man, aren't they?) as the information to
> tag the tracks with.
I agree with Dan: if you're using copyrighted maps to find things to
survey, please collect evidence of the path status, road name, etc.
from the real world too. If there's no evidence there, don't blindly
copy it from the map no matter how sure you are it's correct - it
might be an easter egg. Sad but true.
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