[talk-ph] Google making moves ...

Jim Morgan jim at datalude.com
Thu Dec 4 07:33:49 GMT 2008

I can kind of see why Google is targeting Philippines and other developing countries. Its basically the same reason as we're doing Openstreetmap: because there is no good online map available. In HK there are a couple, so there is not as much need for another one. If you look at OSM for HK there's very little there. 

I'm not sure that they're poaching contributors from a Creative Commons project. Do you have any information  on this? However I'd be interested to see where they got their data from. Of course they're a rich corporation and can afford to pay for it. But it seems odd that the coverage of their data is very similar to OSM -- mainly Metro Manila and not much beyond that. It seems to correspond roughly with their coverage of high res photography. 


sorabsuperstar at web.de wrote, On Thursday, December 04, 2008 02:14 PM:
> I did now know about that project of google yet.
> ...and I am pretty confused and annoyed about google...AGAIN!
> I mean what shall this be good for? Certainly not for the greater good: 
> Poaching contributors from a creative commons project, in order to fill in their own shortcommings in maping developing countries ....and commercializing their contributions then for free. 
> Because this is exactly what they a shooting for. Only this! Check google mapmaker in well maped areas like Europe or North America. There is NOTHING! Its only in countries like Philippines and Vietnam.
> They saw that open communities do a good job in maping the white patches on the world map, and now they are trying to "steal" it.
> If they'd put this all under an open license lice CC or GPL, it would be fine.
> But this way ...

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