[Talk-it] Fwd: [OSM-talk] Funding drive – Improving OSM reliability and performance

Simone Cortesi simone a cortesi.com
Gio 1 Dic 2011 15:31:09 GMT

Nuova campagna di donazioni per OpenStreetMap...appena lanciata.

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From: Harry Wood <mail at harrywood.co.uk>
Date: Thu, Dec 1, 2011 at 15:58
Subject: [OSM-talk] Funding drive – Improving OSM reliability and performance
To: "talk at openstreetmap.org" <talk at openstreetmap.org>

As posted to the foundation blog just now (
http://blog.osmfoundation.org/2011/12/01/funding-drive/ ) :

OpenStreetMap is growing fast. We’ve recently welcomed our 500,000th
signed up user, and we’ve logged our 10.000.000 th update to the map.
Over the next few weeks we’re running a fund-raising drive while we
invest in server infrastructure to improve reliability and performance
of OpenStreetMap. If you’d like to support the project in this way, or
you know anybody else who would like to give OSMers an early Christmas
present, visit our fund raising site:


You have the option to include your name on the donors list. We’re
aiming to raise £15,000 (~ 23,000 U.S. dollars).  Let’s see how
quickly we hit the target!

We wanted to run another fund raising drive, because last time we had
a big one was back in 2009 (old blog post) and we were blown away by
how quickly we raised the target amount. It seemed as though people
were looking for an outlet for their generosity and goodwill towards
the project. Since we’re planning to buy a new server, now seems like
a good time to do it again.

The Operations Working Group, which has the important role of keeping
core OSM services running smoothly, plans to invest in a new server.
This will provide us with a database replica. This improvement is at
the very core of the OpenStreetMap infrastructure, giving services
greater resilience. It means we’ll bounce back quicker and easier in
the event of a hardware failure. In time the new server will also
bring about some performance improvements.  We have a wiki page with
more technical details and plans for the new hardware.

We hope you’ll agree that, although these improvements are very much
behind-the-scenes, they are important. Please give generously to help
make them happen!

Harry Wood
(Communications Working Group)

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