[OSM-talk] Ordnance Survey tries to reinforce its strangleholdover "derived" geographic data in the UK
tom at acrewoods.net
Thu Nov 20 14:51:15 GMT 2008
On Thu, 20 Nov 2008 13:58:43 -0000, Andy Robinson wrote:
> Donald Allwright wrote:
>>This move is quite concerning, but underlines the need for OpenStreetMap
>>exist in the first place. I wonder if we should respond with some sort of
>>marketing campaign, aimed at local authorities and other public
>>institutions, to encourage them to use OpenStreetMap as the basis for
>>future mapping needs.
> Absolutely, especially for those places that are "complete".
If we push this, we need to make it easy. Every council hasa GIS team
geared up to use OS data, and switching to OSM isn't completely trivial
even if you have the data ready.
A guide for common tools / uses, and some nice innovative use cases would
make it go a lot further than just us shouting "use OSM!" wherever we can.
Thomas Wood and I have been working on something in the London Borough of
Sutton that recently won a local award, I'm hoping to get a partnership
with some architects working in Stoke to scale it up a bit. It's a bit
broken at the moment - work in progress - but along the lines of some of
the stuff in that article: http://map.oneplanetsutton.org
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