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

Chris Browet cbro at semperpax.com
Wed Sep 1 22:33:26 BST 2010


On Wed, Sep 1, 2010 at 19:38, Grant Slater <openstreetmap at firefishy.com>wrote:

> On 1 September 2010 15:14, Chris Browet <cbro at semperpax.com> wrote:
> > While I'd completely agree in a business world, don't forget we are FLOSS
> > developers working on software in our free time.
> > We don't (at least I don't, and I doubt Marble has) have "a server". OSMF
> > do.
> > Just put a big red sticker on the wiki saying "ABSOLUTELY DO NOT USE OUR
> WEB
> > SERVICES, SETUP YOUR OWN!", then...
> > - Chris -
>
> Lets calm down a little. :-)
>
> There are 3 reasons why I called for the short notice of shutdown:
>
> 1) gazetteer's data hasn't been updated for over 2 years. Internally
> it has been considered to be deprecated. Likely we should have
> announced this earlier. Oh well.
> 2) When I checked the usage recently it was extremely low. I wasn't
> aware Marble used gazetteer. Marble does not provide a User-Agent when
> querying gazetteer. If it had, I would have been less eager.
> 3) We have other services that are waiting for hardware.
>
> Mistakes have been made... now lets move on.
>
> I'm going to have a hack at creating a namefinder/gazetteer ->
> nominatim bridge script.
>
> Now, that's a positive attitude :-)
Indeed, let's move on and learn our lessons...

For myself:
- Be sure to monitor the dev list more closely;
- Considering the reactions, maybe avoid as much as possible to use
openstreetmap.org services, but anyway be sure it fails gracefully.

- Chris -
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