I created a county map in QGIS showing the location of certain businesses, and this contains:

  • County boundary sourced from Ordnance Survey (shapefile)
  • Background map sourced from OSM (OSM XYZ tile)
  • Business locations created by myself

Am I OK to put both copyright statements on the map given they are from two different sources? - I am using the OS open data for the boundary as I couldn't find anything else that gave our correct county boundary.

I just want to be sure I am adhering to correct rules should I wish to publish a map.

asked 05 Feb '20, 15:31

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edited 05 Feb '20, 15:35

Great, thanks. I did contact OS and they just said as long as the statement is on there. Using the two sources together I have the following copyright statements:

  • Contains OS data © Crown copyright and database right 2020


  • © OpenStreetMap contributors

I didn't know OSM had boundaries, I will have another look following the link above. I have come from a world of ArcMap where someone managed everything for us in terms of layers on the servers etc!

Many thanks

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answered 06 Feb '20, 14:49

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edited 06 Feb '20, 14:50

Yes, it's 100% fine to have more than one attribution statement on the map. I have both OS and OSM data for cycle.travel's maps: https://cycle.travel/map

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answered 06 Feb '20, 14:00

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I believe that showing multiple attributions is fine, at least with OSM. Don't know about OS. I've seen a number of sites where the attribution/copyright information is something like: Map data ©OpenStreetMap contributors, SRTM. Map style ©someone else. See, for example the OpenTopoMap attribution shown on the lower right.

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answered 06 Feb '20, 01:26

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Not sure about the answer to your legal question, but which county does OSM have wrong? They used to be documented here (assuming you mean in England) and shouldn't really change much so might still be an up to date list.

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answered 05 Feb '20, 15:45

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You can try Wambacher's boundary map to check for your counties in OSM.

(05 Feb '20, 17:40) TZorn
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