[Osmf-talk] "ArcGIS supports Openstreetmap"

Simon Ward simon at bleah.co.uk
Sun Sep 12 10:35:18 UTC 2010

On Sun, Sep 12, 2010 at 10:59:31AM +0100, Jo Walsh wrote:
> http://twitter.com/ticheler/status/24179676676
> http://www.flickr.com/photos/ianturton/4977702526/in/set-72157624925978160/
> If ESRI are making noise about their support for Openstreetmap;

The poster doesn’t give much away, but it does say under the headline in
what ways Openstreetmap is supported: As a base layer in ArcGIS, and by
providing an editor for Openstreetmap data.  Their site says about the
same[1], although I thought we already had something called

The headline’s not great, but I’m not reading it as general support for
the Openstreetmap project, more as supporting the use of Openstreetmap

> should not that support for Openstreetmap be somewhat direct, e.g.
> by supporting the foundation, infrastructure and development effort?

I don’t think it is requisite to support the project in such ways just
because you use Openstreetmap data or write an editor for it.  It
wouldn’t really be open data[3] then, would it?

[1]: http://events.esri.com/uc/QandA/index.cfm?fuseaction=answer&conferenceId=2F6DC1A1-1422-2418-883C3868A9004888&questionId=3164
[2]: http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Osmeditor
[3]: http://www.opendefinition.org/

A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a
simple system that works.—John Gall
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