DigitalGlobe (digitalglobe.com) is a satellite imagery company that operates 5 high resolution Earth Observation satellites.
As of May 9th 2017, DigitalGlobe has just announced availability of satellite imagery directly through a newly launched imagery service. http://blog.digitalglobe.com/news/digitalglobe-satellite-imagery-launch-for-openstreetmap .
- DigitalGlobe-Premium is a mosaic composed of DigitalGlobe basemap with select regions filled with +Vivid or custom area of interest imagery, 50cm resolution or better, and refreshed more frequently with ongoing updates
- DigitalGlobe-Standard is a curated set of imagery covering 86% of the earth's landmass, with 30-60cm or resolution where available, backfilled by Landsat. Average age is 2.31 years, with some areas updated 2x year.
Starting in 2014, DigitalGlobe partnered with Mapbox on providing more imagery to OpenStreetMap. April 2014 announcements:
- digitalglobeblog.com 'Mapping the World with OpenStreetMap via Mapbox'
- Mapbox blog 'New imagery for OpenStreetMap'
Additionally, portions of Bing imagery is also sourced from DigitalGlobe in some parts of the world.
Using DigitalGlobe imagery in editors
The easiest way to do this is to select one of the “DigitalGlobe” satellite layers as an option in iD editor and JOSM. Other methods to access DigitalGlobe imagery is through the "Mapbox Satellite" and “Bing” layers which are also available in iD and JOSM. DigitalGlobe, Bing, and Mapbox-provided layers provide rectified aerial imagery sourced by DigitalGlobe.
DigitalGlobe Satellite EULA: DigitalGlobe, Inc. is pleased to provide its high resolution satellite imagery to OpenStreetMap in support of its mapping initiatives. By using our imagery in the OSM editor, you understand and agree that you may only use our imagery to trace, and validate edits that must be contributed back to OSM. You cannot download our imagery or use our imagery for any other purpose. We retain all right, title and interest in and to our imagery. We provide our imagery “as is,” with all faults and as available; we disclaim all warranties, express or implied, to the extent permitted by applicable law. You can recover from us only direct damages up to an amount equal to the fees you have paid to us to use our imagery on OSM, if any. We are not liable for any other damages, including consequential, lost profits, special, indirect, incidental or punitive damages. Happy mapping!
Mapbox: You are allowed to trace data into OpenStreetMap based on Mapbox imagery. This permission is very explicit in the Mapbox Terms of Service, and this is also explicitly linked from their blog post relating to DigitalGlobe imagery . Vector data contributed to OpenStreetMap is then released under the OpenStreetMap License.
Helpful information about Using Imagery to be aware of.