[OSM-talk] Use of OSM data by UNEP without proper attribution

Mikel Maron mikel_maron at yahoo.com
Sun Jun 23 04:49:46 UTC 2013

I'm checking into it with contacts at UNEP.
* Mikel Maron * +14152835207 @mikel s:mikelmaron

> From: Christoph Hormann <chris_hormann at gmx.de>
>To: talk at openstreetmap.org 
>Sent: Saturday, June 22, 2013 10:54 AM
>Subject: [OSM-talk] Use of OSM data by UNEP without proper attribution
>I just saw that the Global Islands Database by the United Nations 
>Environment Programme and Partners:
>is using OSM coastline data.  They also say so in the 'about' info box:
>"The Global Islands Database is originally based on Open Street Map 
>(using a 1:75,000 Landsat product from the US National Geospatial - 
>Intelligence Agency) and has been substantially refined through the 
>work of a number of organisations (e.g. UNEP-WCMC, Island Conservation, 
>BirdLife International, RSPB, IUCN/SSC ISSG, PIER, Global Island 
>Network). The Global Islands Database is an intermediate product that 
>is continuously being refined by the user community."
>but this is certainly no sufficient as attribution no matter if ODBL or 
>CC and their data license:
>is obviously incompatible.  Comparisons at a few locations indeed show 
>OSM data is widely used there (including non-PGS data) while there are 
>also areas with significantly better data than OSM as well as various 
>larger errors (i.e. fake islands).  And of course some of the more 
>recent changes in OSM are not in there.
>I am unsure what should be done about this.  There are probably no bad 
>intentions there and if the mentioned organisations have indeed 
>contributed better data it might be nice to have this available to OSM 
>as well.
>Christoph Hormann
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