[Openstreetmap] Organizing the OSM community and funding a bit better (Was: no dots)
arnulf.christl at ccgis.de
Thu Feb 9 19:24:54 GMT 2006
Andy Robinson wrote:
> The OSGF basic website is now up and running at http://www.osgeo.org/
> Andy Robinson
> Andy_J_Robinson at blueyonder.co.uk
the current web site does not reflect the data issue well yet (its
hacking geeks who started it). Prominent support to the idea of freely
accessible spatial data was given by the GRASS GIS community (Markus
Neteler), Schuyler and the other usual suspects. Additionally to the
software perspective we need and want a strong data centric position
within the OSGeo Foundation. openstreetmap has been mentioned several
times and as a long time list lurker I'd really like to see one of you
represented it in the OSGeo.
Currently the 'second tranche' of the member nomination runs and I would
very much like to nominate or second whoever you think makes sense to
represent openstreetmap in the foundation. If you figure out who that
should be I would be happy to nominate him or her (yes, not many women
anywhere in geek world...).
Mind me, there is a lot of additional work waiting for you but on the
other hand you get the whole bunch of top-of-the-edge-hackers and
packages served to the tip of your hands as well as loads of promotion
OSGeo is working on providing hardware and bandwidth to host a full
fledged SDI stack including WFS-T, WMS, PostgreSQL/PostGIS storage and
all the other goodies around it. All that we could host for a starter
would be a boring VMAP level 0. Sucks. We need living data and you can
Oh man, there is so much more... we have set out collecting hundres of
WMS and dozens alone that render high res ortho photography of German
cities. There are more every day. Sure, there are also loads of problems
like strange coordinate systems and so on but look at that speed:
(We operate the client frame on a clumsy old back up server but the
imagery is requested directly by your browser from the City of
Nuremberg. Click on the page symbol to get the metadata.)
Anyway, whatever, keep up the good work!
>>From: openstreetmap-bounces at vr.ucl.ac.uk [mailto:openstreetmap-
>>bounces at vr.ucl.ac.uk] On Behalf Of Petter Reinholdtsen
>>Sent: 09 February 2006 11:14
>>To: openstreetmap at vr.ucl.ac.uk
>>Subject: [Openstreetmap] Organizing the OSM community and funding a bit
>>better (Was: no dots)
>>>I would suggest you as chief technologist and Tom Carden as
>>>chairman. Petter could be treasurer and I could volunteer as
>>>secretary, if there are no other suggestions.
>>I am not unwilling to contribute making such thing happen, but I
>>believe it is a better route to piggy-back on an existing organization.
>>I'm already the leader of Norwegian Unix Users Group, a active Debian
>>developer, technical coordinator of the Skolelinux project a board
>>member of the skolelinux foundation (SLX Debian LAbs), trying to get a
>>privacy assosiation up and running here in Norway, involved in the
>>patent discussion and working on free map projects. I do not really
>>expect to have much time to work on setting up or running a new
>>organization. Especially when I suspect it isn't really needed.
>>Did anyone consider the new Open Source Geospatial Foundation as a
>>organization to piggy-back on? It seem to be right up our ally. :)
>>See for example
>>for info on this foundation.
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