[OSM-talk] Response to A critique of OpenStreetMap
frederik at remote.org
Thu Oct 14 19:39:07 BST 2010
Richard Fairhurst wrote:
> For 2 - right. That's why you're saying "use MapQuest tiles". But over here
> we're used to the Ordnance Survey and its subtle use of colouring, and so
> OSM looks just right and Google et al look spartan. It's no coincidence that
> when Mary Spence of the British Cartographic Society was all over the
> newspapers criticising Internet cartography, she qualified it with "but
> OpenStreetMap looks lovely".
Whereas in Old Europe nobody really understands those blue motorways and
the cartography we're used to is much more like that in the US than that
in the UK!
But I have no problem with openstreetmap.org being "British" rather than
some bland kind of "international" - we can do tiles on openstreetmap.de
in a more German style, and tiles on openstreetmap.us in a more US
style, and so on.
Frederik Ramm ## eMail frederik at remote.org ## N49°00'09" E008°23'33"
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