[OSM-talk] OSM as Map Publishers (was Re: TomTom acqures TeleAltas)

Steve Chilton S.L.Chilton at mdx.ac.uk
Mon Jul 23 16:15:35 BST 2007

My view is that the project SHOULD publish a full map of its data. 

I envisage a situation sometime in the future where it will be normal
for people to use permalinks from their websites to the OSM site
whenever they wish to include a location map. This will only be possible
with a full web map presence. This will also be part of the move to a
pervasive OSM presence.




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Subject: [OSM-talk] OSM as Map Publishers (was Re: TomTom acqures


I've been pondering for some time whether OSM should be hosting our own
slippy maps or whether our role should be to *only* provide raw data.
Leaving it to others to render and publish slippy maps etc.

A couple of relevant but unrelated threads today have prompted me to
throw this topic up for discussion. 

On the one hand, we don't have hundreds of servers that can be used for
delivering maps to the world, but on the other hand, if we don't do
this, then how will ordinary users be able to provide the feedback to us
that will help keep the maps up to date. 

Clearly TomTom have realised that by owning TeleAtlas they can use the
MapShare feedback to update the source data that TeleAtlas has.

On a separate thread over on the dev mailing list, Sebastian just asked
what should be the relative priorities for services running on the
dev/tah server.  Should tiles at home processing displace web-hosting for
SotM, etc?  Part of the answer to this question depends on whether OSM
sees its role as publishers of rendered map tiles, or just publishers of
the raw data.

So, should OSM's responsibility stop at providing a real time API and
weekly copies of planet.osm or should we also be hosting slippy maps
(and if so how many different flavours?)


On 7/23/07, Mikel Maron < mikel_maron at yahoo.com
<mailto:mikel_maron at yahoo.com> > wrote:

Interesting development, considering that TomTom also recently launched
MapShare, which allows TomTom users to report problems with map data. 
At SotM, Ed Parsons had a slide on MapShare, and there was some
discussion over what they'd do with that data .. now I think we know.


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