[HOT] Christchurch earthquake - what can on the ground OSM mappers do?

Tim McNamara paperless at timmcnamara.co.nz
Wed Feb 23 21:43:33 GMT 2011

On 24 February 2011 04:51, Mikel Maron <mikel_maron at yahoo.com> wrote:

> > I'm not sure whether that's the reason the ushahidi instance has not made
> the
> > switch ( http://eq.org.nz/ )  or if they just didn't think about it.
> I chatted with the dev on this site yesterday. Turns out they're not using
> OSM because the lag time to load OSM tiles in New Zealand is extremely long,
> and the Google tiles are being hosted nearby in Austraila.
> They did want to use OSM, he was even an attendee at SOTM, but the load
> time is an issue.

We were running with OSM for several hours - but the site couldn't keep up
with demand. The tiles were rendering very slowly.

The site had over 100,000 page views in its first 24h.

Also, one of the quirks of NZ internet is that some traffic is routed via
San Francisco b/c of the way wholesale data contracts are issued.

I'm sure we'll reassess using OSM data if there's sufficient
capacity/bandwidth to deal with the site's requirements.
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