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Connecting Communities With Improved OpenStreetMap Credits on Mapbox Maps

Posted by lxbarth on 10 May 2014 in English (English)

We're updating attribution for OpenStreetMap-based Mapbox maps thanks to feedback on attribution conventions here on the diary and on mailing lists. The new convention on Mapbox maps is to expand attribution by default: collapsed attribution should only be used when attribution becomes unusually long, or screen space is limited. Expect us to roll out these changes over the next couple of weeks, but here is a preview right away.

The entire goal of the Mapbox team's work with OpenStreetMap is to help make OpenStreetMap the best map, everywhere in the world. We will only be able to achieve this as a community and with open data. Linking maps back to OpenStreetMap is at the heart of growing OpenStreetMap by helping turn map consumers into map contributors. Our goal with these new attribution conventions is only to further improve the connection of the many million users who view Mapbox maps every day to OpenStreetMap.

Here are the new attribution recommendations for all Mapbox maps that are based on OpenStreetMap data.

Expanded attribution

While collapsed attribution wrapped in an info - ⓘ - symbol, works well on small screens, we are now recommending to expand attribution whereever possible. The full attribution line is "© Mapbox © OpenStreetMap" and next to it we recommend an "Improve this map" link leading a user to editing on OpenStreetMap. Another change is that now "© OpenStreetMap" links directly to http://www.openstreetmap.org/copyright, "© Mapbox" continues to link to http://mapbox.com/about/maps listing the full roster of map data we're using including OpenStreetMap.

Recommended attribution on Mapbox maps. Click to explore.

Collapsed for small maps

We're recommending this form of attribution for small slippy maps. Here's an example:

Recommended attribution on small slippy Mapbox maps. Click to explore.

Use these attributions now

Until these attribution recommendations are rolled out on Mapbox.com, here are links to code snippets that already work today:

Comment from Glassman on 10 May 2014 at 21:37

Great improvement. It would be nice to capture number of clicks on "Improve this map" link. It should give us some useful intelligence, such as the percentage clicking on the link and trend charts.

Clifford

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Comment from Tordanik on 10 May 2014 at 21:38

Much better. Thanks!

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Comment from rasher on 11 May 2014 at 03:42

Great news. Alas, some of your customers are not showing any attribution at all (link will probably go bad over time)

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Comment from cquest on 11 May 2014 at 06:53

Good step in the right direction.

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Comment from Komяpa on 11 May 2014 at 10:47

There's "Improve this map" link that leads to mapbox-hosted page.

Can community do something to localize this page? It would be great to have at least Russian version of the page, so that big sites like vk.com can help people contribute.

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Comment from HannesHH on 11 May 2014 at 11:23

Thank you, this is much nicer.

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Comment from lxbarth on 12 May 2014 at 12:42

Rasher - let me reach out.

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Comment from imagico on 13 May 2014 at 16:26

This looks much better.

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Comment from lxbarth on 20 May 2014 at 20:37

Phase one of the changes I described above are rolled out now with Mapbox.js 1.6.3. What's missing now is updating our infrastructure to link attribution differently and switching maps directly viewed on Mapbox.com over to the new Mapbox.js. https://www.mapbox.com/blog/mapboxjs-v163/

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