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

Brian Quinion openstreetmap at brian.quinion.co.uk
Mon Aug 30 18:45:20 BST 2010

On 30 August 2010 16:33, Torsten Rahn <tackat at t-online.de> wrote:
>> 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)?

I think you have confused the services - the nominatim service is not
being discontinued, rather it is the previous namefinder service that
is being discontinued.  Namefinder has now been depreciated and not
updated for just over a year.

namefinder is hosted on gazetteer.openstreetmap.org

nominatim is hosted on nominatim.openstreetmap.org

I believe that Marble is already using the nominatim service and as
such this should not require any changes.


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