[R-sig-Geo] Rights to publish data based on Google satellite images in scientific journals?
hengl at spatial-analyst.net
Thu Jul 23 15:28:47 CEST 2015
I am aware of several journal articles where Google data is used in
take especially a look at: http://www.jstatsoft.org/v63/i04/paper
The Google Geo guidelines say:
"You may print Content from Maps and Earth for personal use and enlarge
it. In all uses where print will be distributed, first be sure to read
our FAQ on applicable product Terms of Service and fair use. Second, all
uses must properly show attribution to both Google and our data
providers. Please see our attribution page for more information... No
explicit permission is required for your print project. We are unable to
sign any letter or contract specifying that your project has our
My guess is that, as long as you clearly show Google and other (C) signs
you should be fine.
Few times I've tried to upload some plotKML screenshots to Wikimedia
Commons but they have removed them
so any screenshot you make with Google data is definitively not in
The publisher will be able to tell you more, but as far as I know
companies such as Elsevier even support using web-maps:
But why not use OpenStreetMap for this? See
OpenStreetMap you can even combine with KML and then embed in websites
etc (see e.g.
On 23-7-2015 14:05, Hanna Meyer wrote:
> Dear all,
> Please excuse that my question is not about R in the first place but I
> guess it's still a good place to ask this question.
> I downloaded google satellite images via the dismo R package. With the
> RGB values of the images I did a land cover classification.
> Now I wonder whether I can use the results for a publication in a
> scientific journal.
> Though a number of publications using the data in a similar way exist,
> according to the terms of service of google maps it is not allowed to
> produce derived products.
> However, if the project falls under the term of "fair use" it might be
> possible (http://www.google.com/permissions/geoguidelines.html).
> On the google maps API terms of service they highlight that the created
> products (https://developers.google.com/maps/terms) must be freely
> available which would be the case.
> Do you have any experiences about this issue?
> Best regards
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