[OSM-legal-talk] Share-A-Like (non-) Verifiability because they are not publicly accessable

Frederik Ramm frederik at remote.org
Thu Jun 24 09:31:59 BST 2010


Oliver (skobbler) wrote:
>> He shouldn't draw then into the database, as this mixes OSM data and his
>> own data. Why not just use a layer on top of the OSM data?
> One of the big advantages of OSM is that you the "drawing tools". An option
> would be to create a blank database on top of the OSM data by using the OSM
> tools.

I think that OSM as a whole - and this is not a legal issue - needs to 
improve interoperability. What we're currently seeing is "import mania", 
poeple trying to stuff every possible bit of information into OSM 
because that's the easiest way for them to use it in conjunction with 
OSM data. There is too much geodata in the world for this to be 
sustainable - OSM must stick to things that mappers map.

I hope that it will become gradually easier to mix'n'match OSM with 
other data at the rendering stage so that people will not feel compelled 
to upload any rubbish to OSM just becasue they want to render it on a map.

That will then also make it easier for those who wish to create produced 
works from several databases, one of them being OSM, without tainting 
their private data in the process.


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