[Osmf-talk] Question to board members

Michal Palenik michal.palenik at freemap.sk
Thu Aug 23 19:30:27 UTC 2012

On Thu, Aug 23, 2012 at 10:13:18PM +0300, Rich wrote:
> On 2012-08-23 21:48, Frederik Ramm wrote:
> >Jaakko,
> >
> >On Thu, 23 Aug 2012 18:19:01 +0000
> >"Jaakko Helleranta.com" <jaakko at helleranta.com> wrote:
> >>The thing is obviously that if for starters you map something that
> >>you think is general stuff (like offices, etc) that don't end up
> >>showing on the map then what's the incentive to continue?
> >
> >I think it would be a mistake to send the message "what's not on the
> >map is not worth mapping". There are many things we map that cannot
> >conceivably be shown on the map - even if you go to z20 you cannot show
> >opening hours and wheelchair accessibility and the web site of every
> >business you show.
> we don't send a message like that, it's just human nature - no
> reward, no motivation. we all want our work when mapping to show up.

if we have tagwatch history and historical data when certain features
started to be renderred/added to map features as 'official', it could be
a nice topic for a statistical paper/thesis: how big the correlation is.

> >OSM is much more than just a map.
> but osm without [useful and used] map is no more

it's impossible to have only one map to suit everyone. imho it would be
great to have a list of 'supported' maps/tileservers which would be
visible on main osm.org site (apart from the current four ones). 

supported/featured tileservers should meet certain criteria (worldwide
coverage, frequently updated, high availability, stable api, some history,
bigger comunity, need for it, ...) in order to be more visible that the huge but
invisible list(s) on wiki. or at least "specialised map of the week" on
wiki together with image of the week. (i know, after a while there would
be some repetition).


michal palenik

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