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Short presentation of OpenStreetMap

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OpenStreetMap is the project that creates and distributes free geographic data for the world

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OpenStreetMap is an open initiative to create free and open geographic data for the world. Data is built by a massive online collaboration of volunteers and released with an open-content license. Their map and data can be used in any creative, productive, or unexpected ways.

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OpenStreetMap is an open initiative to create free and open geographic data for the world and provide it to anyone who wants them.

It is a massive online collaboration around a free, editable map of the whole world that is being built by volunteers largely from scratch and released with an open-content license.

The project aims to promote new, creative, productive, or unexpected uses of their map images and all of their underlying map data.

Good parts

OpenStreetMap is an open initiative to create and provide free geographic data such as street maps to anyone who wants them. It is a massive online collaboration, with hundreds of thousands of registered users worldwide.

Welcome to OpenStreetMap, the project that creates and distributes free geographic data for the world. We started it because most maps you think of as free actually have legal or technical restrictions on their use, holding back people from using them in creative, productive, or unexpected ways.

OpenStreetMap is a free, editable map of the whole world that is being built by volunteers largely from scratch and released with an open-content license. The OpenStreetMap License allows free (or almost free) access to our map images and all of our underlying map data. The project aims to promote new and interesting uses of this data.

Who owns OpenStreetMap?

You do. The data and software is owned by you, the contributors.
There is an organisation called the OpenStreetMap Foundation which exists to protect, promote, and support the project, but does not own the data.

OpenStreetMap's core goal is the provision of free and open geographic data for the world

OpenStreetMap is a project aimed squarely at creating and providing free geographic data such as street maps to anyone who wants them. The project was started because most maps you think of as free actually have legal or technical restrictions on their use, holding back people from using them in creative, productive or unexpected ways.

References

OSM website osm.org/about

OpenStreetMap powers map data on thousands of web sites, mobile apps, and hardware devices

OpenStreetMap is built by a community of mappers that contribute and maintain data about roads, trails, cafés, railway stations, and much more, all over the world.

Local Knowledge OpenStreetMap emphasizes local knowledge. Contributors use aerial imagery, GPS devices, and low-tech field maps to verify that OSM is accurate and up to date.

Community Driven OpenStreetMap's community is diverse, passionate, and growing every day. Our contributors include enthusiast mappers, GIS professionals, engineers running the OSM servers, humanitarians mapping disaster-affected areas, and many more. To learn more about the community, see the user diaries, community blogs, and the OSM Foundation website.

Open Data OpenStreetMap is open data: you are free to use it for any purpose as long as you credit OpenStreetMap and its contributors. If you alter or build upon the data in certain ways, you may distribute the result only under the same licence. See the Copyright and License page for details.

Legal This site and many other related services are formally operated by the OpenStreetMap Foundation (OSMF) on behalf of the community. Use of all OSMF operated services is subject to our Acceptable Use Policies and our Privacy Policy Please contact the OSMF if you have licensing, copyright or other legal questions and issues.

Partners Hosting is supported by UCL, Bytemark Hosting and Imperial College London, and other partners.

note: could OSGeo be cited here as a partner?

OSM Foundation wiki/Main_Page

OpenStreetMap is an initiative to create and provide free geographic data, such as street maps, to anyone. The OpenStreetMap Foundation is an international not-for-profit organization supporting, but not controlling, the OpenStreetMap Project. It is dedicated to encouraging the growth, development and distribution of free geospatial data and to providing geospatial data for anyone to use and share.

blog.osm.org FAQ

What is OpenStreetMap?

OpenStreetMap is an open initiative to create and provide free geographic data such as street maps to anyone who wants them. It is a massive online collaboration, with hundreds of thousands of registered users worldwide.

And what is the OpenStreetMap Foundation?

The OpenStreetMap Foundation is an nonprofit organisation, a legal body incorporated by the registrar of companies for England and Wales.

What is the purpose of the OpenStreetMap Foundation?

The goal of the foundation is to support but not control the OpenStreetMap project. It is dedicated to encouraging the growth, development and distribution of free geospatial data and to providing geospatial data for anybody to use and share.
The OpenStreetMap Foundation was formed to enable aspects of the project not easily accomplished by individual mappers. For instance, the OpenStreetMap Foundation owns the OpenStreetMap servers, and holds sponsorship funds from donors.

OSM Foundation wiki/Mission_Statement

Mission Statement The OpenStreetMap Foundation is an international, not-for-profit, democratic organisation with the tasks of supporting the OSM project, running and protecting the OSM database, and making it available to all. The OSMF membership is open to all who want to support the project and participate in the OSMF’s democratic process.

The OpenStreetMap Foundation is there to protect the OSM data to keep it Free and Open.

wiki.osm.org/Main

Welcome to OpenStreetMap, the project that creates and distributes free geographic data for the world. We started it because most maps you think of as free actually have legal or technical restrictions on their use, holding back people from using them in creative, productive, or unexpected ways.

wiki.osm.org/About_OpenStreetMap

OpenStreetMap is a free, editable map of the whole world that is being built by volunteers largely from scratch and released with an open-content license. The OpenStreetMap License allows free (or almost free) access to our map images and all of our underlying map data. The project aims to promote new and interesting uses of this data.

  • The Map
  • Mapping
  • Development
  • The OpenStreetMap Foundation

wiki.osm.org Free and open geographic data for the world

wiki/Why_OpenStreetMap/Who_owns_OpenStreetMap wiki/Legal

Who owns OpenStreetMap?

You do. The data and software is owned by you, the contributors.
There is an organisation called the OpenStreetMap Foundation which exists to protect, promote, and support the project, but does not own the data.

OpenStreetMap's core goal is the provision of free and open geographic data for the world. To support that we have a legal system consisting of three main components:

  • Contributor Terms - This controls data put in to our database. A key purpose is to ensure that our data remains free and open forever, but give future generations flexibility in deciding what "free and open" means and what should be our most appropriate end user license. It also assigns the OpenStreetMap Foundation, a body that supports but does not control the project, the role of publisher.
  • Open Database License 1.0 or ODbL - This is our end user license and controls data taken out of our database. It is an attribute and share-alike license. You can basically do whatever you want with our data inside your own home or organisation, but if you then publish your results as data, then you need to tell folks about us, (attribution), and share back to the public any improvements that you made, (share alike).
  • Community Guidelines - To help make it easier to use our data from a legal perspective, we discuss issues and potential problems with our community and try to come up with guidelines to say what we think is reasonable.

OSGeoLive

OpenStreetMap

Tools for mapping the world

OpenStreetMap is a project aimed squarely at creating and providing free geographic data such as street maps to anyone who wants them. The project was started because most maps you think of as free actually have legal or technical restrictions on their use, holding back people from using them in creative, productive or unexpected ways.

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