[OSM-talk] Organizational mapping policy

Frederik Ramm frederik at remote.org
Tue Jun 17 21:03:38 UTC 2014


On 05/14/2014 01:44 AM, Paul Norman wrote:
> Some possible guideline requirements could involve 
> - Disclosing those who are directing them (e.g. employers or who they 
>   are contracting for) on the users page

Effective yesterday, Wikimedia have added the following to their terms
of use:

"... you must disclose your employer, client, and affiliation with
respect to any contribution for which you receive, or expect to receive,

Full text on

They essentially draw two lines that determine when disclosure is required:

1. you have to (expect to) receive compensation
2. for a specific contribution.

People who require money for general contribution - e.g. a university
employee who, as part of their contract, edits Wikipedia in his or her
field of knowledge, does not need to disclose that; only if they are
specifically asked to do something.

It is a bit unclear to me how such a distinction would work in OSM (or
even how it is supposed to work in Wikipedia) but we can just sit back
and watch how that policy plays out.


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