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Terms and conditions, Copyright, Fair Use, etc.

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Our implementation of the map is provided to support the work of the University and its associated institutions. You are welcome to use it and its associated services (the interactive and programmatic annotation tools, the embedding, tile, and database APIs) and any derived or printed copies, for this purpose in any way that that is compatible with the mission of the University to contribute to society through the pursuit of education, learning, and research at the highest international levels of excellence. If you are not clear if you proposed use is consistent with this then please ask (contact

There are however some things that you must or must not do and they are covered below.


Fair Use

We provide the on-line map and its associated services (annotation tools, embedding, tile, and database APIs) for others to use and in the hope that they will be useful. However placing an excessive load on the map infrastructure will degrade performance for all map users. Please try to keep the load you place on the map infrastructure to a minimum, for example by reducing the number of tiles that you load in one go or by appropriately caching results rather than always repeating requests. If you believe that you have an application that will cause, or is causing, problems to our infrastructure then please contact us at to discuss your needs.

The annotation service

Permission is granted to use the various aspects of the annotation service in accordance with the published instructions and specifications. The annotation service is open to various forms of abuse and everyone is expected to exercise care when using it. Using it to bring the University or any other organisation into disrepute, to publicise otherwise confidential information, or to compromise the privacy of individuals is expressly prohibited. In the event of misuse, individual annotations may be suppressed and some or all of the annotation features may be withdrawn.

Using the tiles and map images

The images and resulting tiles that make up the map are generated from information provided by OpenStreetMap. The OpenStreetMap licence (ODbL1.0) allows for this data to be reused in this way, but requires that OpenStreetMap is credited and that it is made clear that the maps are available under OSM's licence terms. See the OSM copyright page for guidance on how to achieve this. The default map, on it's own page or when included in an <iframe>, includes a suitable OpenStreetMap credit. This issue mainly applies to anyone using the Tile API or printable versions of the map.

Map tiles and print maps are also copyright © University of Cambridge. If you use our tiles or map images then as well as crediting OpenStreetMap please also credit the University of Cambridge and University Information Services for providing them. This is in your interest, because it will help to ensure that resources continue to be available to support the map system.

We suggest "Base map data copyright © OpenStreetMap contributors. Map tiles from the University of Cambridge Official Map, provided and managed by University Information Services". Where appropriate, please link 'University of Cambridge Official Map' to and 'University Information Services' to Replace 'Map tiles' with 'Map images' for print maps.

Using the Database API

The contents of the institution index database are copyright © 2012 University of Cambridge. Permission is granted for reasonable use of this data via the published APIs as described above. Please credit this use "University data copyright University of Cambridge, used with permission. Data provided and managed by the University Computing Service". Where possible, please link 'University of Cambridge' to and 'University Computing Service' to

The contents of the map database are copyright © OpenStreetMap contributors and licensed under the ODbL v1.0 license. See OpenStreetMap for more details.