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I'd like to map my college's dorm buildings with a bit more detail than they currently have. The university website has a bunch of floor plans online as PDFs (example: ), and I was thinking of using those as an imagery source for reference (JOSM+PicLayer). I know that I can't just use those plans without asking, but I'm not entirely sure who I need to ask, or what to ask them for. Do I just email the contact address on the housing pages, asking if I can have permission to use their online floorplans to improve OpenStreetMaps? Do I need to use any particular wording to make sure it's clear what permission they're giving? If they say ok, do I need to document that somehow?

asked 02 Oct '18, 23:04

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edited 03 Oct '18, 04:15

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To get permission to use the floorplans from the university authorities, you may use this templates, adapting them accordingly.

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answered 02 Oct '18, 23:43

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edited 03 Oct '18, 20:33


I'll try that, thanks! (It looks like the dashes in the link are being converted to spaces when the link is clicked; it works fine if I copy it but gives an error if I just click it.)

(02 Oct '18, 23:57) Arcureil

@nevw has fixed the link. I may remove your comment & the first para of @edvac's answer as these are no longer relevant and detract from a pertinent question & answer.

(03 Oct '18, 13:52) SK53 ♦

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