A few questions: Municipal Maps, Town Names

Hi everyone

Can I use a municipal provided map for street names and referencing? Such as found here:

Also, for the City of Halifax in NS, how can I change it so Halifax is the name that shows when the map is zoomed out instead of Dartmouth?


That website says “Copyright © 2010 Region of Queens Municipality. All Rights Reserved.”. So that means those maps are probably also copyrighted (unless you can find something to say otherwise?).
And you should not use any copyrighted maps to add to OSM (without permission from the copyright holder). See http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Copyright and http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/FAQ

Don’t tag for the renderer. See http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tagging_for_the_renderer
If Dartmouth is a city, then it should be tagged as place=city. If it is something else, it should be tagged as such, eg place=town.
It is true that if you have two cities close together, maybe only one name will be shown when you zoom out. And it won’t necessarily be the biggest / most important one that is shown. This is a problem with the rendering software, I’m not sure if there is any way to specify which one is more important.
You could tag the population of each, if you have a suitable (non-copyright) source for that. Or map the outline of the city as an area. I don’t know if this will make much difference to rendering.

K, I’ll have to ask the town about using the map.

What about connect.garmin.com/?? Can I use information from that?

Should I post somewhere else to see if data from connect.garmin.com is okay to use?

What do you mean by data from connect.garmin.com?
If you mean the maps, they are from Google so are copyrighted.

If you mean the GPS tracks from individual activities, they are presumably copyrighted by the user that created and uploaded them (and they might be copied from other maps anyway). So can’t be used without permission of that specific user. It may also be forbidden by the Garmin Connect terms and conditions, I’ve not checked.