[Talk-cat] Entrevista per a OpenCageData

Konfrare Albert lakonfrariadelavila at gmail.com
Tue May 12 16:50:37 UTC 2015

Gràcies Carlos! (i a tots els que hi heu participat)

Ja ens avisaràs quan surti publicada.

2015-05-12 17:37 GMT+02:00 Jaume Figueras i Jové <jaume.figueras a upc.edu>:

> He fet uns petits canvis i alguna correcció ortogràfica i d'estil.
> Salut!
> 1. Who are you and what do you do? What got you into OpenStreetMap?
> We are the OpenStreetMap's Catalan speaking community. We found a common
> goal that mixed geospatial information and the promotion of the Catalan
> language (an Occitano-Romance language spoken by more than 11 million
> people community across several states). OSM is the answer to our goal. It
> provides an open data base which allows us to add local information and in
> Catalan, freely.
> The Google effort to translate into Spanish all the street and way names
> written in Catalan (both legal names and used names), ended in a huge mess
> and a sum of protests that continue nowadays when somebody tries to find a
> certain location. This fact helped to promote and be seen as an open
> alternative, OpenStreetMap.
> 2. What would you say is the current state of OSM and the OSM community in
> Catalunya?
> Nowadays, the way data have good quality thanks to the hard work made in
> the past. There's also good data sets involving paths and mountain hiking
> routes. The map is currently growing and with a high level of detail in
> some areas. But there's a lot of work to do in the urban areas.
> We had the pleasure to be part of the SotM 2010 which took place in Girona
> five years ago. Last year, we organized our first meeting as a OSM
> community in Sarrià de Ter. Since this first meeting, we started to build
> and shape our community. We organized several workshops and conferences
> like “OpenStreetMap for the Forest Defence Association”. A workshop which
> focused on tagging forest elements, like tracks and fire hydrants and the
> use of mobile applications.
> We have a long path to increase our mappers count and improve
> communication between us.
> 3. What are the unique challenges and pleasures of OpenStreetMap in
> Catalunya? What aspects of the projects should the rest of the world be
> aware of?
> We focused our work in some specific areas like Montujïc's cemetery, the
> Barcelona's Zoo or Port Aventura amusement park. We are working with
> Wikipedia community to link OSM data with Wikidata and viceversa. We
> finished in 2 weeks of restless work the addition of the wikidata tag to
> all the cities, towns, provinces and regions of Catalunya.
> We also started to recover the Catalan names in Perpinyà (Northern
> Catalonia, southern France). There is also pending work tagging Occitan
> names in Val d'Aran. We are glad to count with apps like OsmAnd that allow
> the usage of Catalan language but we miss yet a TTS in Catalan.
> Some mappers of our OSM community started to focus on 3D tagging and urban
> elements as bus routes, fire hydrants or opening hours. The knowledge and
> the focus on local areas let us improve the data and introduce OSM as a
> rich and reliable source of data.
> One of our goals is to involve governments and show them the benefits of
> open data. We are currently importing information from the cadastre in some
> areas like Girona, a work started and coordinated by the Spanish OSM
> community. A task that would be easier with the implication of the Spanish
> government. We also hope that the information from the ICGC (Catalonia's
> Cartographic and Geological Institute) will be added into OSM in a near
> future thanks to a new transparency law.
> 4. What steps could the global OpenStreetMap community take to help
> support OSM in the Catalunya specifically?
> OSM helped us by letting create a non-state community. Maybe, we expect to
> increase the strength of the communication and feedback with the rest of
> the OSM communities.
> 5. Last year OSM celebrated its 10th birthday, where do you think the
> project will be in 10 years time, both globally and Catalunya?
> In 10 years time, the detail of information will be awesome. We hope there
> will be an increase of mappers and interest in open data in our influence
> area. We will be experimenting a process similar as Wikipedia. It will
> become, hopefully, an essential resource that with better information will
> compete with commercial alternatives.
> We hope more governments and administrations will discontinue the use of
> commercial maps and payment data, increasing support to open data
> initiatives. Some of our city councils start to join OSM by using their
> maps or by opening their data bases to OSM mappers. A fact that will
> continue growing because open data is also a way to optimize and save money
> and resources and to promote the creation of companies linked to the use of
> open data.
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