OpenStreetMap Foundation

Licensing Working Group

  Tuesday 22nd January 2013

18:00 - 19:00 UTC

Agenda & Minutes


Present:  Richard Weait, Michael Collinson, Alex Barth (guest), Grant Slater, Simon Poole (joined at+27min)

Apologies: Dermott (will be late if at all)


Minutes by: Michael

1. Adoption of Minutes of last meeting

Proposed: Richard

Seconded: Mike



2. MATTERS ARISING (open action items from previous meetings)

3. Finalise today's agenda

4. LWG 2013

Discussion of LWG role post-license change based on this publicly available document: (edit copy for LWG members)  (publicly visible)

Discussion points:

  • The list of activities is probably too ambitious given our current group membership and time which they can commit.  The list should be seen as a shopping list from which we take items according to need and to the enthusiasm of individuals in taking them up. Richard will put the word out for new volunteers via CWG. 
  • Our role should be educational rather than directly enforcing.
  • Alex is particularly interested in i) geocoding and trying to find a balance between share-alike principles and the needs of the entities using gecoding, ii) attribution mark, formalising how OSM attribution is made in a manner which best advertises the project to potential contributors and users.

5. Apple Maps

We need to re-open investigation via Henk into use of OSM data in the “new” iOS Map solution, it still seems very uncertain as to whether they are in compliance with our licensing terms, (most likely CC-BY-SA if they are using our older data) . More generally, we should make an LWG policy statement about vertically separated databases, are they collective and derivative?

6. AOB

Iceland bill - there is a pending government bill which, unverified, would force map makers to use (only?) an approved set of government data when making maps of Iceland. We need to verify exact status, actual intent and whether we should make representation.  This may be time sensitive.

Next Meeting:

Next meeting: Tuesday February 5th at 19:00 GMT/UTC (one hour later than previous).

Meeting frequency: We will see how every two weeks works.

Time variation: We will experiment with holding some of our meetings at a time when Asia-based participants could join us.