[OSM-talk] NZ LINZ data import and attribution

andrzej zaborowski balrogg at gmail.com
Wed Feb 4 14:40:38 GMT 2009

2009/2/4 Robert (Jamie) Munro <rjmunro at arjam.net>:
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> Tom Hughes wrote:
>> Joe Richards wrote:
>>> It appears to be hanging on a minor technicality, ie attribution of the
>>> datasource.  Since this is potentially a huge advance for New Zealand
>>> mapping, what is exactly the sticking point, ie do LINZ really require
>>> a notification on the map while being browsed?  Or is just having the
>>> attribution on a message somewhere (e.g. a wiki page, or even a link to
>>> that page as an attribute on each node/way etc)?  The distinction is
>>> fairly important here, since attributions are common elsewhere too.
>>> For example there is a Berkley University attribution tucked away in
>>> all copies of Windows to acknowledg the use of the TCP/IP stack.
>> The big problem with all these data sets that require attribution is not
>> adding the attribution (though that may be an issue if it needs to be
>> recorded on each object we derive from it) but making sure that nobody
>> deletes that attribution in the future.
> Exactly.
> If you look at the first couple of zoom levels, especially on
> Osmarender, they are derived from every data source we have. If we have
> to credit them all, there may end up no space on the screen for the map.

A more serious problem with that would probably be that OSM in turn
would have to require anyone who reuses OSM data to also show the
attribution on the map.  This would make OSM practically useless for
users such as GPS vendors, and also would have to be mentioned in
license terms.

So I think we simply can't accept data from donors who ask that the
acknowledgement be always visible.


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