[OSM-talk] Attribution guideline status update

Andy Mabbett andy at pigsonthewing.org.uk
Fri Aug 9 14:05:14 UTC 2019

On Fri, 9 Aug 2019 at 08:41, Simon Poole <simon at poole.ch> wrote:

> to consolidate all attribution guidance in to one document

Some thoughts:

> www.openstreetmap.org/copyright

openstreetmap.org/copyright (without "www") works, and should be
preferred (several occurrences).

> Our requested attribution is "© OpenStreetMap contributors".

Add "or the equivalent in the local language".

Change "requested" to "preferred", since other forms are allowable.

> You should qualify the credit to explain what OSM content you are
> using. For example, if you have rendered OSM data to your own
> design, you may wish to use "Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors".

Confusion between "should" and "may".

> If OpenStreetMap data accounts for a minority (less than
> 50%) part of the visible map rendering...

The concerns others have raised could be addressed by changing this to
"If less than 50% of the data used for the visible map rendering is
from OpenStreetMap..."

> Except for small images

"small" is subjective; give a definition.

>Applications that incorporate a geocoder must credit OpenStreetMap

Change to "Applications that incorporate a geocoder that uses
OpenStreetMap data must credit OpenStreetMap"

> or in a footnote/endnote if that is where other credits appear and/or in the "acknowledgements" section

Change to "or in a footnote/endnote and/or in the 'acknowledgements'
section, whichever is where other credits appear"

> Tv, film or video

Typo; should be "TV, film or video"

Andy Mabbett

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