September 5, 2012
The National Park Service currently has four enterprise license agreements that relate to web mapping:
In general, services fall under one of the following categories:
If you are using services from one of these enterprise agreements and are not using NPMap to build your web map, you must:
Information on disclaimer and licensing credentials for the different APIs is available in the NPMap support documentation. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the NPMap team.
Most commercial web map service providers impose restrictions on how you can use their services. For example:
Services coming from some providers, however, are much more open.
Both MapBox and MapQuest are much less restrictive with their web services. If you are using these services, you will likely want to utilize an open source web mapping API like Leaflet or Modest Maps. The NPMap library supports both of these Base APIs.
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