[Osmf-talk] Financing the OSMF

Oleksiy Muzalyev oleksiy.muzalyev at bluewin.ch
Fri Aug 30 06:22:44 UTC 2013


Your point is well taken.

I never thought that satellite imaging is that expensive. Until now it
was produced by scientific satellites which weights 2 tons as an
afterthought. SkyBox.com introduced dedicated new geo-imaging 90
kilograms satellites and the price is still in millions.

There are companies with 5, 8, or 10 thousand employees, which titles
are written in non-Latin characters. These companies may use the OSM for
hundreds of its objects.

Mentioning among donors on the OSMF website in English means almost
nothing to them. But an automatic appearance of an appreciation badge on
the map of that regions of the globe after a financial contribution
could be interesting.

I do not speak of a garish "cash machine" style badge or icon, but of a
well-designed discreet responsible contributor style.

Besides there is a lot of space on the globe surface of the map, enough
for thousands of corporate members, especially if the contribution
system is automatized.

Experienced educators know that individuals who know do not always
volunteer to speak and therefore ask everybody in the room to say at
least some words. It would be interesting to ask everyone to write some
words on "Financing the OSMF". Someone may well know a really good
solution but hesitates to share it.


On 30.08.2013 00:57, Gregory Marler wrote:
> On 28/08/13 06:49, Oleksiy Muzalyev wrote:
>> Gregory,
>> On the home page in an editing mode there is a logo "Bing" in bold
>> letters.
> This depends which editor you use (personally I have my default set to
> JOSM), and it depends which aerial imagery is being shown.
>> It seems a mode of productive
>> cooperation was found in this case without "selling itself out".
> It's not so much a case of a point of cooperation being agreed. The
> aerial imagery was added to some editors because the Bing aerial imagery
> license allows it to be used for copying into OpenStreetMap. The license
> requires the logo and credit notice be displayed when that aerial
> imagery layer is displayed.
> The Bing logo has not been added to the editor as such and has not been
> directly added to the osm.org homepage/website.
> Greg.

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