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To: Copyright <>
From: Lee <REDACTED>
Subject: RE: Using CC-BY data in OpenStreetMap [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]
Date: Fri, 17 Jun 2016 13:41:17 +1000
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Hi Elizabeth

Thank you for clarifying this matter.

Best regards=2C

From: Copyright<>
Sent: Friday=2C 17 June 2016 13:16
Cc: Client Services<>
Subject: FW: Using CC-BY data in OpenStreetMap [SEC=3DUNCLASSIFIED]

Hi Lee=2C

Thank you for your email in regards to using some Geoscience Australia data=
sets in OpenStreetMap. You are more than welcome to use these datasets as l=
ong as you attribute Geoscience Australia. If possible could you attribute =
GA in the following manner=3B
/4.0/legalcode> =C2=A9 Commonwealth of Australia (Geoscience Australia) 201=
6. This product is released under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Inte=
rnational Licence.
If you are unable to put this full statement in please use this statement =
=C2=A9 Commonwealth of Australia (Geoscience Australia) 2016



Elizabeth Fredericks
IP & Copyright Manager
Governance & Business Services
Corporate Services  |  GEOSCIENCE AUSTRALIA
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Cnr Jerrabomberra Avenue and Hindmarsh Drive Symonston ACT
GPO Box 378 Canberra ACT 2601 Australia
Applying geoscience to Australia=E2=80=99s most important challenges

From: Lee [mailto:REDACTED]
Sent: Friday=2C 17 June 2016 11:27 AM
To: Client Services
Subject: Using CC-BY data in OpenStreetMap


I was wondering if it is ok to use datasets available from Geoscience Austr=
alia in OpenStreetMap under an Open Database Licence (ODbL)<http://wiki.ope=>? Specifically datasets already m=
ade available under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licenc=
e=2C with some examples below:



Note, the above URLs (now dead) linked to two sets of Tasmanian 1:250 000 GIS datasets (South East and South West).

If these cannot be used in OpenSteetMap due to licence restrictions=2C is i=
t possible to be granted special permission?

Thank you for investigating=2C

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Follow-up Email

From: Andrew Davidson <>
Subject: Seeking clarification with regard to using GA data in OpenStreetMap
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Date: Sun, 29 Jan 2017 12:14:03 +1100
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Good Morning,

[Introductory paragraph redacted]

I would like to clarify the scope of this permission. Does this 
permission apply to all Geoscience Australia data sets released under a 
CC-BY licence or was it limited to only the two listed in the email?

I'd also like to confirm that attribution in the form of a listing on 
the Contributors page:

meets the requirement of giving Geosciences Australia appropriate credit 
under the terms of the CC-BY licence.

Thank You

Andrew Davidson
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From: "Fredericks Elizabeth" <>
To: "'Andrew Davidson'" <>
Subject: RE: Seeking clarification with regard to using GA data in OpenStreetMap [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]
Hi Andrew,

Thank you for your email. The permission I gave was for the 1: 250 000 GIS dataset but as the majority of our products are now released under CC-BY then it is not a problem. In theory, I do not need to give individual permission for each dataset.

The attribution meets our requirements. We do usually like to have the CC-BY logo as well but if that is not possible then it is okay as is.



Elizabeth Fredericks  |  IP & Copyright Manager  
Governance and Business Services  |  Corporate Services

t +61 2 6249 9367

CC BY Waiver

In April-May 2018, Andrew Harvey followed up with Geoscience Australia in light of the OSMF CC BY waiver. The Cataloguing & IP Librarian responding to the enquiry to <> noted "This email saying we agree to the waiver should be sufficient." after I sent through the waiver archived at File:CCBYPermission_GeoscienceAustralia.pdf. They are unable to actually sign the waiver document, but we should take their email that they agree to the waiver as acceptance by Geoscience Australia. See the full email at File:GeoscienceAustralia_CCBY_Waiver_EmailAcceptance.pdf