[OSM-talk] Phone numbers in OSM
donald_allwright at yahoo.com
Fri Aug 22 13:52:49 BST 2008
>This is assuming current levels of activity - where at present, most
>effort of contributors is put into mapping unmapped areas. This will
I agree it will change - but probably the change will be that a good proportion of the mappers lose interest because there's nothing to do (or at least very little).
In my view a telephone number is something that goes out of date quickly, so should not be included in OSM. On the other hand most geographical features are very long-lived, the main changes being that new housing estates/roads are built where previously the map was largely blank space. These are likely to get filled in quickly (I've even mapped roads that aren't officially open yet) as they are an 'easy' target. I also have the same reservations about the company operating a bus route being included in the map - companies (including transport companies) come and go, change name, merge, split up, get taken public, get taken private again and generally re-brand themselves with remarkable frequency. For that matter, the bus routes themselves change (but perhaps not so frequently).
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