[Osmf-talk] Question to board members

Kai Krueger kakrueger at gmail.com
Fri Aug 24 19:45:38 UTC 2012

On 08/24/2012 12:16 PM, Tom Hughes wrote:
> On 24/08/12 17:29, Kai Krueger wrote:
>> With http://routing.apis.dev.openstreetmap.org/ there is also a
>> functional prototype for integrating routing into the osm.org. It
>> currently uses map.project-osrm.org as the default car routing backend
>> and gosmore as the default backend for other modes of transport. One can
>> also select MapQuest and CloudMade as routing engines to compare them.
> Prototype being the operative word - it is not in any way production
> ready code.

The code is mostly concentrated  in two or three new files. Most of that
is just code that transcodes the output from the routing backend into
kml that openlayers can process as well as creating the routing sidebar.
On top there are a few bits and bobs that interact with the rest of the
code. Overall it is probably only a few hundred lines of code, i.e.
nothing overly substantial substantial.

So imho there is nothing in it, that couldn't be reviewed, fixed and
improved and deployed in a single hackweekend. It could probably even be
rewritten from scratch in a weekend.

A wonderful example of what great things (feature wise in the rails
port) we can do if we collectively put our heads together was the
hackweekend in 2009 during which the internationalisation of osm.org was
completed, reviewed and deployed. It was an effective collaboration with
a number of local rails_port developers in a room together with quite a
bunch of other people helping out remotely, including non-coders,
contributing from updated code to translations and testing (and moral
support). At the end of the weekend, an amazing amount was achieved
which lead to its successful deployment.

If we could get this kind of coordinated collaboration and enthusiasm
going again, I think we could relatively quickly complete a number of
the long outstanding and desired features.

But this is getting rather off topic for the OSMF board elections.


>> Therefore I think that all of the necessary components to integrate
>> routing into osm.org are now available. So as soon as OSMF buys the
>> necessary hardware, one could probably integrate routing into osm.org
>> comparatively quickly and easily.
> Getting hardware is not a problem, but there's no point doing that
> until we have production ready code, or at least expect to have such
> code within a few weeks.
> Tom

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