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? Is there any progress on this project? No edits for some months...

Yes. --Hamish 05:42, 16 September 2009 (UTC)

Also note recent OSM news about French and Canadian data being made available (I.e. if they can, why can't we?)

If there is going to be a big influx of LINZ data, is it still worth mapping roads etc --EliotB 02:51, 31 January 2009 (UTC)

... the answers to all these questions - and more! - can be
    found on the NZOpenGIS mailing list (nzopengis•googlegroups•com)

Previous discussions and notes

To Done?

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  • LINZ Trial Import needs to have all the issues in the current import fleshed out and addressed
  • agree on an approach for tagging
  • find out if the upcoming license change (to odbl) will affect the use of the data
  • ask linz if our attribution method is sufficient

Attribution methods

  • add a short line to the main map on the front page, something like "Crown Copyright", which displays whenever LINZ-sourced data is showing on screen, and hyperlinks to a page in the wiki with the full contents of the attribution text
include a line on the attributions page, stating that each element sourced from linz has it's attribution set to "linz", data which can be viewed by analysis of the planet file/through the api/with one of the editors. this data could be set to read-only, i.e. it will be persistent in the data set OSM use, unless the item is completely deleted
    • adding attributes to items which specify their source is approved
  • set the username to "New Zealand crown Copyright". at high zoom levels, the username of the last editor displays next to every object
  • Put the characters as a set of virtual roads on any empty area (preferably owned by linz ;-), and position map to this point and zoomfactor for very first access to data? It's a pity there's no redirect, as in HTML.
the idea of using cookies to determine if it's first visit or not, and re-directing to the attribution page/showing a translucent overlay (for a few seconds, before re-directing back to the map) if it is, is an idea that intrigues me
  • putting an 'attribution' tag on data, in a way that it can only be set (not removed/changed). Osmarener could detect these and mark the map appropriately, could even add the attribution as text on the other side of the way to the copyright holder's name when at maximum zoom. --Mungewell 23:29, 18 March 2008 (UTC)
permission to edit this tag could be given selectively - if another, overlapping data set were then imported, the importer could merge a new data set with the existing data, updating the 'attribution' tag to also represent the origin of the new data set

Summary of attribution methods - what OSM will and will not do

OSM will carry out

  • creating a wiki page with details of contributors, and information on how to view the contributor of a specific piece of data (planet.osm, osmxapi, potlatch, etc.)
  • adding a permanent link from the main map to the attributions page
  • creating an 'attribution' tag, which can be edited by any member of the community. this tag will be applied only to items requiring attribution
  • ??? creating an 'attribution' tag, which can only be edited by select members of the community. this tag will be applied only to items requiring attribution ???

OSM will not carry out

  • adding attribution text to maps, beside each item requiring attribution
  • specific attribution labels which appear on-screen whenever an item requiring attribution is being shown (such as used by google maps)
  • re-directions to attribution text, when data requiring attribution is viewed for the first time

What should NZ OSM'ers *not* do?

The prospect of importing all this data is fantastic in many respects, but also raises the concern that in some places our work will be undone, and be replaced by bulk-uploaded material (as has happened on occasions elsewhere). Is there a list that offers any guidance about what we should or shouldn't work on in the meantime so that we don't waste time/effort?

Cheers - Gobeirne 02:52, 20 February 2011 (UTC)


Hi, please add place=island to the island import - this tag is missing on all islands. Greetings, -- Schusch 09:14, 21 February 2011 (UTC)

Done, for those with a name. --Hamish 13:02, 31 August 2012 (BST)

Topomap tiles as editor background


Since the Linz topomap data is released under Creative Commons, is it possible to get the tiles as a background that can be traced from in the OSM map editor? Enzedrail 00:29, 3 January 2012 (UTC)

Yes, see the New Zealand/Imagery wiki page. BUT don't do that! Help us with the bulk upload instead! It's the same data and you'll only be making the merging process more difficult. --Hamish 12:51, 31 August 2012 (BST)