[Tagging] Adding mapillary tags to every building

European Water Project europeanwaterproject at gmail.com
Mon Jun 8 09:51:24 UTC 2020

Hi Martin,

Similarly, our project might not be around forever ... once single-use
plastic is a thing of the past :)

Which is why we seek to store user contributed images on Wikimedia Commons
(if they will accept them) rather than on our server.

Best regards,


On Mon, 8 Jun 2020 at 11:27, Martin Koppenhoefer <dieterdreist at gmail.com>

> Am Mo., 8. Juni 2020 um 10:48 Uhr schrieb European Water Project <
> europeanwaterproject at gmail.com>:
>> Dear Martin,
>> For-profit companies have different levels of openness, I think it would
>> be a mistake to put them all in the same bucket.
>> While all their data and images are not open, Mapillary shares many
>> geolocalized images through creative commons licensing - in a more open
>> manner than many non-profit companies and local municipalities.
> I might have not been clear with "If mapillary doesn’t allow for
> downloading the images (only thumbnails/previews) we should not link to
> it.", what I meant was that I would not encourage people to build on
> systems that aren't open (it didn't mean: go and remove them). I would also
> not object to people doing it nonetheless (if the links are still useful
> because you can get "something" from them), but we should be aware that we
> are building on sand here. The owner of the external db (here mapillary)
> can choose at any time to deny access to its data, or the company may go
> bancrupt or close its business for other reasons and we might have put a
> lot of effort into this in vain. Open projects allow for forking, while
> proprietary systems usually don't, so that the usefulness of related tags
> is deeply linked to the goodwill and operational situation of the company.
>> Hopefully a significant level of data openness will continue to be part
>> of Mapillary's business model.
> yes, we can just hope for it. Not more.
> Cheers
> Martin
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