[OSM-talk] AND donate entire street network of Netherlands toOSM
rob at robmyers.org
rob at robmyers.org
Thu Jul 5 16:20:09 BST 2007
Quoting Frederik Ramm <frederik at remote.org>:
> So it is only natural for us to ask: What has been left out in the
> AND "press release"? And let's be honest, we the community, that is
> the people who do the 90% of work that Steve doesn't do himself ;-),
> have not had more than the very same press release that went out to
> the world. We aren't insiders in this process. We are outsiders, and
> treated as such.
It's brilliant that AND have been persuaded to add this data to OSM.
It's quite hard to hide anything in a deal that BY-SA's data. The
licence is the entire agreement.
> Think of his announcement that we'll have Mappam ads ("I helped
> create Mappam... currently only UK... Mappam not taking a cut") -
> all were true, but the full truth was that Steve was a director
> (not only helped creating it), that the whole world followed
> shortly after (while it was true that at the time of announcing it,
> it was only the UK), and that Mappam was not taking a cut *in the
> fist month*, with further details not yet worked out. All that was
> left out to make the message easier to digest.
Mappam is an excellent development.
Since it's a new business I'd expect it to evolve.
Given that OSM is Free, Mappam could simply siphon off the data, serve
it from their own servers and keep 100% of the ad revenue. Or they
could just have used another map service, ignoring OSM. The current
arrangement will hopefully generate more funding for OSM than not
having ads or having other ads, and serves as a good advertisement for
OSM. So this is better for the OSM project.
> Admit it, you're a marketing guy as well.
The fact that a better and less intrusive map ad service has been
added speaks for itself.
The fact that an entire country is being added to the OSM database
speaks for itself.
None of this needs any marketing speak to dress it up.
OSM's aims are well defined and the AND deal furthers them.
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