[OSM-dev] Cloudmade routing for OSM rails_port site.
frederik at remote.org
Wed Apr 29 11:23:25 BST 2009
Nick Black wrote:
> The pragmatic
> argument would be to use routing generated from non-open source server
> software along side other open source alternatives and let the user base
> choose which best meets their needs.
*If* our user base thinks that routing is a need they want met by the
OpenStreetMap site, which is something that should be discussed.
Personally I think that routing has good value for OSM debugging, but we
would not put routing on our front page for that; instead we would have
a special routing application for mappers that can use several routing
services and allows users to record problems they found. Definitely a
worthy tool to develop but nothing for the main page. The main page is
not a tool for mappers, it is more of a showcase, and the question
remains whether we want to showcase third-party services through it.
> I don't totally follow the argument about this specific example being more
> risky because its provided by CloudMade because a lot of people who work for
> CloudMade are deeply involved with OSM. Again, we need to take a pragmatic
> standpoint and figure out what's more important for OSM.
I think there is no problem as long as the CloudMade services we use are
balanced by other free and non-free solutions offered at the same time,
with no special selection or preference expressed for the CloudMade
services (as in "select one from the following 5 routing services").
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