I am new to QGIS (3.4.12-Madeira installed) and have made myself a bit familiar with it the last few days. When creating maps for a printed hiking-guide, I would like to credit QGIS as well as the source of the underlying map data properly.
I have already read these existing Q&As about this topic:
- Display credit in map composer?
- Add basemap copyright in QGIS?
- Dynamic copyright or layer credit in QGIS 3.4?
- Showing OSM source acknowledgment on the map in QGIS?
- Crediting OSM maps in QGIS
but my case doesn't quite seem to fit any of those cases:
I have installed the HCMGIS-Plugin, hence the most suitable source data for my purposes seem to be the ones available in the menu item "HCMGIS -> Base Map -> XXX" where XXX stands e.g. for "ESRI Shaded Relief" or "Stamen Terrain" or "F4 Map - 2D", etc.; The reason I don't want to use OSM-basemaps, is that they contain too many things I don't want on my hiking maps as I want to keep them neatly readable. I basically just need shaded relief so you can see where hills and mountains are, with green coloring of forests, etc., and I'll add symbols/labels for major towns and POI's manually.
But unlike -for example- OSM-basemaps, the above-mentioned map sources do not seem to have any copyright attribution in their Layer Properties (the "Title" field in the "Attribution" under "QGIS Server" is empty). Just for purpose of demonstration, I have used in the attached examples "OpenStreetMap ODbL" as text string where the proper name of the data source should go.
So how do I find out who I should credit for the ESRI-, Stamen-, etc. basemap in such cases?
I don't need any automation of copyright info, as i will stick to one base map, one print layout and one scale for all my maps (I'll only move the displayed map area in the QGIS Print Layout, going along the hiking trails), and therefore I can enter the copyright notice as a manual text field in the Print Layout;
But I am unsure how to credit "the QGIS-Team". I had found a rather lengthy expression in a Q&A somewhere here. I'm sorry I can't find that Q&A anymore, but I had noted the expression and built it into a sample print layout (in my actual maps, there won't be any large water area, I selected this only for readability here).
This full string, however, is way too long from a point of view of map readability, as all my other maps will be half the width of this overview map. So, I shortened the expression a bit as shown in the second jpg.
Would the short version be sufficient for crediting "the QGIS-Team"?
If in any way avoidable, I'd prefer solutions not involving usage of the Python Console, as I am completely unfamiliar with it and the last time I did any "programming" was in university 35 years ago.