[OSM-dev] NOTICE: gazetteer.osm.org being retired

Torsten Rahn tackat at t-online.de
Mon Aug 30 16:33:44 BST 2010


> gazetteer.openstreetmap.org is being retired at the end of this month.
> 31st August 2010.

For us Marble developers this creates a situation:
We are using this service in all our fully deployed stable releases to query 
OpenStreetMap search results. So this will leave Marble users with an 
application that has broken OpenStreetMap support. Bad show for us and 
OpenStreetMap :-(

Has this vital and important change been communicated earlier? 

We think a two week notice isn't enough for a vital service like this one. We 
need at least half a year or even better a year to be able to properly fade 
out support on our side.

Would there be a way of leaving nominatim support intact via the given API 
just with more limited capabilities (so that it still works with reduced 
quality and taking less hardware resources)?

Is there a low traffic OSM announcement list that provides announcements like 
these for people who rely on OpenStreetMap services?

Is there a list available of APIs and services that OSM provides which are 
considered "enterprise ready"? In terms of  "enterprise ready" I'd expect a 
few commitments to be made, most importantly:

* long-term commitment with regard to the availability and stability of the 
openstreetmap service APIs
* early announcements via a dedicated channel about discontinuations of the 
* a communicated deprecation process description for available openstreetmap 
service APIs

Best Regards,

Torsten Rahn

> Dev seeking an alternative, try:
> http://nominatim.openstreetmap.org/
> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Nominatim
> gazetteer's server hardware will be re-purposed.
> PS: Can someone please let OpenMaps know. (version 3.6 seems to use
> gazetteer)
> Regards
>  Grant
>  Part of the OSM Sysadmin team.

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