[talk-ph] SOTM 2012 feedback

Eugene Alvin Villar seav80 at gmail.com
Sat Sep 15 01:49:35 BST 2012

Hello Mike,

Your proposal is actually interesting.

However, I am not actually aware of anyone in the OSMPH community who
is experienced enough with running and maintaining a server here in
the Philippines. The usual strategy I know is that people buy hosting
services from data centers in located the United States.

Also, I am not familiar with the state of the Internet backbone in the
Philippines (PHNET). I'm not 100% sure but I've read of stories where
if you want to access a local server in the Philippines, you might
sometimes get routed first to the United States depending on which
Internet Service Provider you are currently on so having a local
server might not actually help with any netowrk latency issues that
OSM France's solution hopes to solve.

Maybe the people from Enthropia Philippines (who is generously
sponsoring the openstreetmap.org.ph website) can provide some input?


On Sat, Sep 15, 2012 at 12:28 AM, maning sambale
<emmanuel.sambale at gmail.com> wrote:
> Dear Mike,
> Im glad you met Mario in SOTM2012. Also, congrats on finally getting over
> with the license change.
> On to the topic, I think the idea of a server is good if this can help with
> poor connections, especially if it can be used for disaster mapping efforts.
> Maybe we can even design our own map style. :-)
> Anyway, I know very little about servers so I leave it to others here to
> discuss possibilities and challenges on such a project with osm.fr
> Maning Sambale (mobile)
> On Sep 14, 2012 11:24 PM, "Michael Collinson" <mike at ayeltd.biz> wrote:
>> Hallo Maning and all and to Mario Baras who was at SOTM 2012 and is on
>> this list.
>> I see from Maning's post to the general talk list that he is already
>> familar with the French http://live.openstreetmap.fr/. Now here is an
>> interesting thing.  OSM France have also built and are operating a caching
>> download/proxy upload server for editing.  It down loads diffs every minute.
>> JOSM users can re-direct their editors to use it instead of the London
>> server. There is also a way to trick Potlatch into using it. For French and
>> many European users it provides much better response. When you upload, then
>> it sends your edit to London. It has been running for 6 months and appears
>> to work correctly.
>> And then another thing:  OpenStreetMap France also have funding to do
>> things. But they cannot spend it in France. Dot, dot, dot.
>> So I asked Christian Quest, "If there was interest, could they fund a
>> similar server in the Philippines?" and got a very positive response with
>> the caveat that a proposal has to be presented to the funding organisation
>> and they can say yes or no. The proposal could consist of a) server(s), b)
>> travel by OpenStreetMap France to the Philippines to train (perhaps not
>> vital but good to create a working relationship) and c) funding to put it in
>> a high availability data centre.
>> So, any interest?
>> In addition to helping poor connections (comments?), I see it as a way to
>> build up a strong system administration team to complement the mapping
>> community. The Philippine and Japan communities are probably the strongest
>> in Asia right now.  I would also suggest that it could be used as a H.O.T
>> server to be used in natural calamities if anyone is interested in getting
>> involved there ... that might also improve the chances of funding.
>> Mike

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