Are there any known issues with using Natural Earth data in OSM?

Other than how generalised it is of course.

It think it should be fine from their terms (saying all their data is public domain and no attribution is required) but as the the OSMF License compatibility page warns: "care must be taken to verify that it is actually in the Public Domain, that this is actually a meaningful concept in the territory the dataset was published in and that no third party rights are present (which for example might be the case in data produced in a “public-private partnership”). ", I wanted to see if anyone was aware of any of it being “contaminated” with non free data in any way?

I’ve just used its marine dataset as a bit of a guide to extents on my edit merging the two Straits of Florida elements we had so if there were any known issues with their sources I’d probably try to revert and try to redo from something else old enough to be out of copyright through age instead.

Yes, Somalia and Somaliland shown in a way that does not match OSM is a problem.

1 Like

OK, so there are some editorial issues with their definitions of things vs the way OSM maps of objects, but no known copyright problems?

I can’t comment on that because (a) I’m not a lawyer and (b) I can’t possibly have looked for “all possible copyright problems”.

However, if you have a question about a particular bit of data you should be able to investigate with Natural Earth where it came from and what was quoted as a source (and a license) when it was added. Given that you’re asking about the USA, there may will be some federal public domain source.

Warning: I am not a lawyer.

I am not aware of such problems.

1 Like

I was asking because I used it in this edit on the assumption that their notice about it being PD meant it was OK per general wiki guidance (I’m not a lawyer either), but as it is only listed as a source for OHM not OSM I wanted to double check that we weren’t avoiding it for some reason that hasn’t been documented.

The particular feature I was editing is one where I think it’s generally common knowledge that it’s roughly where it is mapped, but I’m not sure how far it’s generally considered to extend. The background info on the page linking to the marine polys zip says it’s based on another source (which says it’s public domain in the about page).

Anyway. It’s listed as a source in the changeset now, if any problems turn up later it should be searchable.