[Imports] Heads up: Building Canada 2020

Frederik Ramm frederik at remote.org
Thu Oct 19 06:43:42 UTC 2017


On 19.10.2017 00:02, James wrote:
> Frederik, I completely agree that OSM costs money to maintain and that
> the servers will require additional disk space to hold information. But
> to say give us money because you are adding a lot of geo-information to
> an open source project to make it more detailed seems border line blackmail.

Let's say politics instead of blackmail ;) the whole project is going to
cost Statistics Canada millions of dollars, and there will most
certainly be many, many interest groups and companies who are looking
for a good angle to have a little bit of that cake.

Call me a cynic but when I read "A workshop was held on September 15,
2017, at Statistics Canada head office in Ottawa. The workshop was
attended by 52 people from 25 organizations..." - I think that these 25
organisations are surely not all there our of sheer idealism! Many of
them will already have handed in their expense reports and have been
refunded for hotel and travel, while the OSMers present have probably
paid everything out of their own pockets.

It appears to me that OSM and its people and infrastructure play a very
important part in this whole project, and I am pretty damn sure that
many organisations who play a much smaller role than OSM will play, will
find their ways to have Statistics Canada pay for it.

If Statistics Canada chose an ESRI platform to collect and distribute
their data, what do you think the bill for that would be?

It would only be fair for them to divert a (very small) portion of the
overall project funding directly to OSM, instead of paying only the
other organisations involved and assuming that OSM is somehow free like
the air you breathe. I think that if we raise awareness for the fact
that while we may all work for free, our servers cost a little money
too, we can get a fair share of the money, and there's absolutely
nothing morally wrong with that - on the contrary, it would be morally
wrong for a government to assume they can simply use OSM as a free
vehicle to dispense a service to their citizens.


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