[Talk-GB] Ordnance Survey response

SteveC steve at asklater.com
Mon Jan 18 17:33:58 GMT 2010


On Jan 18, 2010, at 10:28 AM, Andy Allan wrote:

> On Mon, Jan 18, 2010 at 4:21 PM, SteveC <steve at asklater.com> wrote:
> 
>> I think you have the wrong vision that you'll be competing with free maps, just the same as the big guys are terrified of competing with a free OSM. The value just moves to more interesting things up the stack.
> 
> Except you can't. This isn't the OS releasing data plus an example end
> product built from that data, since (unless someone wants to correct
> me) the data needed to recreate Landranger maps isn't the data that's
> being released.
> 
>> You also ignore the potential it has to enlarge the market, and thus bring in more paying consumers.
>> 
>> Have you guys read "Free" by Chris Anderson yet?
> 
> I have, but I must have missed the chapter that says the government
> should provide free consumer goods in order to stamp out innovation
> and competition. Can you point me to it?


What, like it's not holding back innovation and competition already?

Why're you guys so hung up on this one or two maps but totally fine with everything else?

Richard's a socialist so I can see him arguing for weird government monopolies on making pinball machines for one-legged immigrants living in wales or whatever, but what are you arguing this for? What product will be nuked by OS releasing this? Are your commercial interests in OCM somehow affected? I don't get it.

Yours &c.

Steve





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