[Talk-GB] Ordnance Survey response

Tom Chance tom at acrewoods.net
Mon Jan 18 18:19:33 GMT 2010


Wading in (though for the purposes of a putative OSMF response, we can just
leave this whole argument to one side and focus on the data)...

2010/1/18 Andy Allan <gravitystorm at gmail.com>

> I didn't say I wanted a monopoly. I'd rather either
> a) the government (i.e. the OS now, and doubly so if they stop trying
> to cover costs and just take subsidies instead) didn't produce printed
> maps at all
> b) or if the OS is going to produce finished maps, they spin out the
> cartographers and printing presses into a commercial organisation and
> let it sink or swim without government subsidy in competition with the
> like of, well, everyone else.
>

I think approach (b) is about right, although there are a lot of public
bodies using the raster maps too. Presumably we'd then have to suggest that
they just pick any product on the open market for their own use, and perhaps
that in certain circumstances where uniformity across local authorities is
important there would be a centrally procured contract with a particular
company or a standard "stylesheet".

I find it a bit odd to attack somebody as a socialist whilst advocating a
free-of-charge state-run enterprise! The only part of the OS that is
incredibly hard to replicate commercially, and that would suffer if
commercial forces led its specification, is the data collection, maintenance
and provision.

Best,
Tom


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