[OSM-talk] Actually using OpenStreetMap and the usability of the current maps
frederik at remote.org
Mon Jul 28 11:16:53 BST 2008
> So, what are other use cases for OSM? Are the current OSM renderings good for
> those use cases? Do we need more different renderings for different use
We are not a map rendering project. We are a Geodata collection project.
The fact that we have maps at all is more or less to show off what you
can do with our data (plus, perhaps, as a feedback/debugging tool for
our users); we do not aim to cater to every end-user's need with the
pre-made maps we offer.
If anything, we should aim to make it easy for other people to create
suitable maps for whatever community they are in. I.e. we should not
change our maps to make them suitable for your purpose, but we should
enable YOU to create maps that are suitable for your purpose and others
with the same requirements.
We could waste an enormous amount of time trying to discuss which kinds
of default maps we should offer and how they should be styled, and we'll
probably never reach results. I hope that, in the long run,
OpenStreetMap will *not* offer *any* maps, just map data from which
loads and loads of third parties create whatever maps they need.
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