[OSM-talk] AND donate entire street network of Netherlands to OSM

Steve Coast steve at asklater.com
Thu Jul 5 10:49:49 BST 2007


Martijn, as I've already said I apologise for the tone of the email.  
I wasn't even trying to single you out. Hope I can buy you a beer at  
the conference.


I don't however shirk from the points which I notice remain largely  
unassailed.



On 4 Jul 2007, at 20:34, Martijn van Oosterhout wrote:

> On 7/4/07, Immanuel Scholz <imi at eigenheimstrasse.de> wrote:
>> Really, I try not to be skeptical, but what do they have from "making
>> their map available" (hope this is read as in "releasing the stuff  
>> under
>> CC-By-SA, not something crippled like the Yahoo affair?)
>
> It was suggested on IRC that it may have to do with:
> 1. AND is not the biggest provider on NL.
> 2. The NL govt was opening up the road maps within 2 years anyway.
> (This was well known, the delay was so companies like these
> (teleatlas) had a chance to change business. AND has now
> short-circuited this and hopefully caught their competitors off
> guard).
>
> In other words, the value of the NL road network to them was already
> not very large. Maintaining it costs money and there's no long terms
> gains to be made. This way they generate good will, relieve themselves
> of a maintainence burden and hopefully get a head start on data for
> other countries where it's not so easy.
>
> It's all guesswork though.
>
> I'm waiting for the fine-print.
>
> Have a nice day,
> -- 
> Martijn van Oosterhout <kleptog at gmail.com> http://svana.org/kleptog/
>
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have fun,

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