[Openstreetmap] Norwegian maps might be releases for free

Chris Holmes cholmes at openplans.org
Wed Jun 29 19:58:03 BST 2005

> Petter Reinholdtsen wrote:
> > This is of course really bad news for OpenStreetmap in Norway, as
> the
> > need for the project might disappear.  And it is great news for the
> > free map comunities in Norway. :)
> I wouldn't say it will disappear. I am betting that we'll have faster
> updates...
Yeah, I'd say it gives you a great starting point.  I think in an ideal
world OSM does not have to spend all its time mapping every single
street, can focus on updating what the government releases, and even
start to help governments in maintaining the geodata commons.  In the
US we have everything released, but it is _still_ a huge business for
commercial providers to provide better more up to date information. 
And you still get wrong directions:
http://travel2.nytimes.com/2005/06/28/technology/28soff.html?  My hope
is that OSM will be even _more_ accurate than even commercial geo data
providers can get.  We could even get an Open Directions Service, that
allows users to 'correct' what the route finding algorithms come up
with, and to add their own shortcuts and hints on driving and the like,
in addition to being able to 'correct' the streets when they are wrong.


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> Message: 12
> Date: Wed, 29 Jun 2005 19:33:29 +0100
> From: Matt Amos <matt at matt-amos.uklinux.net>
> Subject: Re: [Openstreetmap] Re: ecourier.co.uk GPS data mine
> To: openstreetmap at vr.ucl.ac.uk
> Message-ID: <200506291933.52995.matt at matt-amos.uklinux.net>
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> On Wednesday 29 June 2005 14:49, Tom Carden wrote:
> > "Petter Reinholdtsen" <pere at hungry.com> wrote:
> > > Is that valid with GPX?  I believe gpx2shp is sick when no
> > > timestamp is present.
> >
> > It would also render many of our ideas for automatic feature
> > extraction pretty much impossible.
> GPX requires that the points be correctly ordered, which should be
> good enough for feature extraction. there is a good reason to strip
> or alter the timestamps anyway, as they could be used to identify
> patterns of movement. its always good to maintain a healthy level of
> paranoia, especially when dealing with other people's data ;-)
> > I remember hearing about a driving enthusiast who was convicted of
> > speeding using his own video tape as evidence - is GPS data
> > admissible in the same way?  Hopefully it's accurate enough to
> > convict someone if it's accurate enough for mapping!
> http://www.cnn.com/2004/LAW/02/17/peterson.trial/index.html
> seems to agree, but i don't think its been ruled upon in this
> country...
> > Perhaps it would be easier to keep the owner of the GPS trail
> > anonymous?  If we don't know, then we can't tell.
> this is probably a better idea. the following seems to put us in the
> clear (as we're not the employer or owner of any of the vehicles):
> http://www.drivesafely.org/faqs/driving_the vehicle.htm
> a guess could probably be made if the GPS unit is taking readings at
> predictable intervals...
> cya,
> matt
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