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I am currently developing a rich text email editor for iPads (and other platforms) which will soon appear on Indiegogo.com . One of the email templates I want to add is called "This is my Current Position". It uses staticmap.openstreetmap.de and openstreetmap.org to display a map inside an email.

According to http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tile_Usage_Policy, I need a permission from the system administrators for "distributing an app that uses tiles from openstreetmap.org". How can I get that permission? I can not find email addresses of the system administrators. Is staticmap.openstreetmap.de using the tile server at all?

Marvin iNimated.com

asked 02 Jun '13, 10:30

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staticmap.openstreetmap.de uses tiles from the OSM tile server, therefore integrating this into your application would use two types of project resources - the OSM tile server and the openstreetmap.de server on which the static map script is running.

staticmap.openstreetmap.de is not intended as a "production" service for use in commercial applications. You would be expected to either

  • set up your own "static map" service (all required software is open source but since it is based on a tile server, you will either have to set up a tile server too or find one that you are allowed to use) or
  • use a free "static map" service with terms of usage that allow commercial use - see e.g. MapQuest's offering http://open.mapquestapi.com/staticmap/ or
  • buy a commercial "static map" service
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answered 02 Jun '13, 10:58

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Thanks, got it working with MapQuest in 20 minutes. :-)

(02 Jun '13, 16:38) Marvin
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