[OSM-talk] Re: [OSM-dev] Summer of Code?

Etienne Cherdlu openstreetmap-L at gj0.net
Sat Apr 15 17:03:17 BST 2006


On 4/15/06, Robert Scott <lists at riscott.ukfsn.org> wrote:
> On Saturday 15 Apr 2006 12:54, Nick Burch wrote:
> > Would it be worth OSM signing up to be a mentoring organisation, and
> > suggesting a few projects?
>
> I'm not sure how keen Google, who've just spend millions on proprietary data
> for Google maps, would be to sponsor a project that makes the data Free and
> available to all with no constraints.

The prospect of mapping data that is of much higher quality and
accuracy than TeleAtlas provides, at a much lower price than TeleAtlas
charges, and with fewer license restrictions than TeleAtlas imposes,
ought to be of some interest to Google.

See http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/index.php/Catalog_of_Errors to get
an idea of what the quality of these free on-line maps is really like.

Right now Google maps only cover the US, UK, Northern Italy and Japan.
 Where are they going to get the mapping data for Zimbabwe from?

Etienne




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