[OSM-talk] Why OpenStreetMap is not Wikipedia
richard at systemeD.net
Thu Jul 31 19:55:59 BST 2008
Lars Aronsson wrote:
> Frederik Ramm wrote about OSM vs. Wikipedia:
>> Wikipedia does not collect
>> raw data, it collects/creates an end product.
> This description of Wikipedia is wrong.
It's not, because...
> It would be better for Wikipedia if more readers went to other
> mirror websites
...is the difference. The cyclemap isn't a mirror. OSM-on-Garmin isn't
a mirror. OpenRouteService isn't a mirror. They are "creative and
unexpected uses of the data" - heck, even t at h could be considered not
a mirror. Whereas all those pagerank exercises that rehost Wikipedia
to get some Google Adsense income are just that - mirrors. They add
nothing to the original content.
So when you say
> Just like OSM, Wikipedia
> is about compiling free contents. How this is presented can be
> determined by the user, who downloads the database dump and
> converts it to something useful: on the web, on CDROM or in print.
it kind of ignores the fact that a good 20% of OSM's userbase is
involved in alternative presentations of the data, whereas barely 2%
of Wikipedia page views come through anything other than the default
Mediawiki view at somethingorother.wikipedia.org. 
 spurious statistics entirely made up for purpose of proving argument
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