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Is it permissible to use boulder county open data to create open street map features? If so I intend to process the shapefiles with GDAL and gpsbabel to create gpx tracks to add missing ways to open street maps.


cc4 licenseBoulder County grants you a world-wide, royalty-free, non-exclusive license to use, modify, and distribute the datasets in all current and future media and formats for any lawful purpose. The Boulder County Open Data Catalog provides open data licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC0 4.0) unless noted otherwise. Attribution

You are free to copy, distribute, transmit and adapt the data without attribution. When using or citing the data sets provided herein, you should not imply endorsement by Boulder County.

asked 26 Apr '18, 14:20

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The web site you are quoting contradicts itself by claiming that it was using the "Creative Commons Attribution International License" (and showing the matching logo for that license, shorthand "CC-BY") and then using the substantially different term "CC0" in the text and writing "You are free to ... without attribution". CC-BY is not automatically OSM compatible and requires a special attribution waiver, whereas CC0 is compatible.

Assuming that the latter (CC0 - "without attribution") is correct, then you can us their data for OSM without legal issues. As long as you simply use their data to help you in your manual mapping, it's enough to specify a proper source with your changeset (Boulder don't require that but OSM recommends it). If you, however, are thinking about importing data outright (e.g. by loading the shape file in JOSM and converting shape file objects to OSM and uploading them), then a prior discussion on the imports mailing list would be required by our import guidelines.

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answered 26 Apr '18, 21:05

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