Talk:List of maps of the UK and Ireland
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Copyright Clarification for 'Visions of Britain'
I sent the following email to the contact address found in the website. I'll make the changes when the time comes. --Duncan nz 15:03, 13 April 2007 (UTC)
Subject: 'Visions of Britain' copyright Date: Fri, 13 Apr 2007 16:59:50 +0200
Dear Mr Southall,
I've just been doing some editorial work on the online encyclopedia Wikipedia  on the page about online maps of Britain . I've been adding where I can some information about the copyright associated with the different sites. This is important for people like me who are researching our family genealogies for online and print distribution.
The copyright of Visions of Britain is unclear to me. While the copyright page  names several copyright holders, it doesn't mention the type of restrictions/ freedoms associated with each copyright. For example there are several government agencies listed - I assume then that their work is under crown copyright - which grants rights for some non-commercial use.
Perhaps you can help me clear this up and perhaps I can in return I could help you draft a new text for the page? I cannot add anything to the Wikipedia entry until it is published in the website.
 http://en.wikipedia.org  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maps_of_the_UK_and_Ireland  http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/footer/doc_text_for_title.jsp?topic=credits&seq=4 --Duncan nz 15:03, 13 April 2007 (UTC)
- Dear Duncan,
Firstly, your references to our site within Wikipedia are significant sources of visitors to our site, for which many thanks.
I am aware that the copyright notices on Vision of Britain need to be revised. In fact, there are rather clearer notices that appear in connection with specific parts of the statistical data, but not for example with the mapping.
The general point is that the Vision of Britain interface itself limits you to quite small excerpts from maps, and we are happy for people to use a couple of those excerpts in things they are writing without specific permission from us, provided what they are writing is not being published commercially. If it is being published, but not commercially, we would want to see a clear acknowledgment of the source. It is maybe worth quoting what appears when you look at the "source information" for our statistics:
The Vision of Britain site exists to help people doing personal research projects on particular areas within Britain. So long as you are using our data for only a small number of units, you are not making money out of what you are doing, and you are not systematically re-publishing our data, you do not need to request permission from us.
By "unit" this means administrative areas, which might mean a single parish or "Great Britain", so this is not directly relevant to our historical maps -- but the general principle applies. We were funded by the national lottery to provide a facility for "life long learners", and people obviously need to be able to include material from the site in the essays and reports they write.
What I need to be clear about is that the historical maps ARE copyright material, and bulk extraction and re-publishing is not OK. Bulk extraction might mean very tediously extracting lots of map fragments via our ordinary pages, and pasting them together. That is unlikely, but someone could write a program to do the job for them.
Bulk extraction could also be done using our Web Map Server, which allows you to systematically use maps from our site within your own web pages, as base maps. I am interested in developing use by other not-for-profit web sites, so long as they are clear we cannot guarantee a reliable service. However, anyone doing this certainly needs to get in touch with us. NB using our WMS as we intend is NOT about holding your own copies of the maps, but using ours with your own content. I could say a good deal more, but you might want to look at the Open Geospatial Consortium web site first:
Maps to be uploaded
The following "Maps to be uploaded" section was added to the article, but I think it was actually intended to be a list of work required: --A bit iffy 12:36, 16 June 2006 (UTC)
Non-profit use only (ask for permission to GFDL?):
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I'd like to see this improved rather than deleted as unencyclopedic, since it is a valuable source of reference. My first question: what exactly is its scope? It really only seems to be about electronic maps available online, not for example OS digital data, current and historic paper mapping, etc. Wikpedia does not seem have to any sort of detail on the histories of the numerous OS map series. Should it be expanded to include these, or retitled for example "Online maps of the UK and Ireland"? Pterre (talk) 16:20, 3 April 2008 (UTC)
- Can we get some consensus on what to do with external links here? I've made them consistent with each other for now, but without them, the page is rather pointless. It shouldn't be an advert, but a comparison of the sites, and what they offer, might be better, and more neutral too. --Ritchie333 (talk) 17:55, 28 February 2011 (UTC)