[OSM-talk] Survey: How to pay the OSM bill

Anselm Hook anselm at gmail.com
Wed Jul 11 19:45:52 BST 2007

Not sure if my messages are making it to the list; but...

It seems like it shouldn't be that hard to attract foundation grants.

I do notice quite a bit of foundation money around these days here in SF.

If expenses are on the order of $2000 USD per month then another option is
to allow sponsored links at the bottom of the page.  Any pagerank 8 or
higher site could pay for itself quite easily this way.

 - a

On 7/11/07, Alexander Holy <alex at alexholy.net> wrote:
> Hi,
> Being pretty new to openstreetmap, my two cents are:
> If I would have to summarize what OSM is or want to accomplish, I would
> answer:
> OSM is a global, community contributed street map available under CC
> Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0.
> So, if you change the license to OSMs data to anything more restrictive
> than
> CC Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 there is no point to contribute to OSM. If
> you
> restrict the data use to "non-commercial" or any arbitrary type of use,
> why
> do OSM at all?
> This also implies: If OSM chooses to run in-map ads and people find ads
> annoying, then someone would run alternate servers running the same data
> set. You could also turn it around: OSM stays ad free, but someone else
> could run a map server (for-profit) with ads as long as he adheres to CC
> Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0.
> So I guess in terms of financing OSM is as close to Wikipedia as anything
> could be. They turned down the opportunity to run ads, despite the fact
> they
> would literally be a billion-dollar ad business. Wikipedia is run
> amazingly
> efficient at 75K USD/month (see
> http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/What_we_need_the_money_for)
> Alexander
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