OpenStreetMap Foundation

Licensing Working Group

  Tuesday 22nd May 2012

18:00 - 20:00 GMT

Agenda & Minutes


Present: Simon Poole, Richard Weait, Michael Collinson

Apologies: Dermot, Grant, Henk, Oliver

Minutes by: Michael

1. Adoption of Minutes of last meetings

The LWG last met May 15th for a long-form meeting.

Proposed: Richard

Seconded: Simon


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

  • Grant - Get a license and attribution page link as an XML Comment into these APIs: Rails API. (should be complete soon)
  • Mike -  combine Bing Imagery License comments as a succinct list for forwarding to Microsoft legal.
  • Mike - Incorporate into foundation landing page
  • Mike - Provide text to Grant re and friends in Sept 20th minutes. ?OS or linking to attribution page or both? … liaise with CWG 
  • Mike - Thank pavel for kindly agreeing to use the bulk of his contributions.
  • Grant - DMCA address update
  • Grant - We also need to have better set of DMCA-related links to satisfy US / UK / German law.

3. Finalise today's agenda

4. Technical Rebuild

Progress and issues

Dermot reports via email that there is still a list of outstanding issues that need code, particularly in the area of non-geometry tests, such as abbreviations. Once tests code is completed, the next focus will be on the rebuild scripts that will run them and make the changes.

5. Hall of Shame

8. AOB

  • Imports and reciprocal licenses. (if anything)

“Return the patches to the original source” is a good principle but is difficult to jive with share-alike. One way to get ideas on this is to stimulate discussion/action by interested parties. This is a long-term discussion.

Possibly interested parties are:

  1. Our Mappers
  2. “Authorative” sources: Natural Resources Canada, USGS, South Africa ?CDI-NGI?, various muncipalities.
  3. End users of “Authorative” sources, they are the ones who will see the benefits. Who are they and how would they consume the data?

Mike - We should air to Management team and to legal-talk.  Bi-directionality, good thing bad thing? If good, how?

  • Geocoding and reverse-geocoding (if anything)

A preview concept paper can be seen at:

To improve it, and test the rationality of the ideas expressed, we need and welcome real-world cases of geocoding and reverse-geocoding.

Next Meeting:

Tuesday May 29th 18:00 UTC / 19:00 BST(UK) / 20:00 CEST