[OSM-talk] will we be nuked from orbit?
steve at asklater.com
Tue Jul 24 22:46:52 BST 2007
On 24 Jul 2007, at 22:38, Andy Armstrong wrote:
> On 24 Jul 2007, at 22:25, Steve Coast wrote:
>> Two things have happened over the past few days in the community
>> mapping world, of which we /were/ the only participant.
> What am I missing? Either they release their data under a suitably
> free licence - in which case OSM's aim's will have been realised
> sooner than expected - or they don't - in which case OSM's raison
> d'etre still exists.
Indeed. But you need more than a reason for existance, you also need
people, money, server and so on.
> Presumably it's not OSM's primary mission to have a monopoly on
> community mapping?
It's not clear to me that there's room for more than one. Or more
than two perhaps. I didn't say that there isn't room - just that it's
Hypothetically, what if Google started accepting GPS data and making
their own map tomorrow? Without license problems or flaky servers,
clearly they would be able to attract a lot of potential OSMers. As I
said, I don't know how it will pan out, but I think it's really worth
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