[OSM-talk] differences in how OpenCycleMap renders bicycle parking

Frederik Ramm frederik at remote.org
Tue Oct 27 23:15:45 GMT 2009


Dave F. wrote:
> I was under the impression that anybody with the relevant skills would 
> be able to contribute & not just "two"

Maybe we should have a second cyclemap the styles of which are not 
determined by "just two" people but by a democratically elected 
committee of Wikifid^H^H^H contributors! It probably wouldn't be used by 
many people but at least everyone could contribute.

>> Remember that it's done by people in their spare time, using resources
>> they've begged, borrowed and stolen for themselves. If you think you
>> have a need for a similar, but different map you're free to make one.

> So we'd have a proliferation of cycle maps. That would be a waste of 
> time & effort.

OpenStreetMap is, first and foremost, not a project to produce maps - 
but to produce a database from which maps can be made (and in another 
post you write that you're doing your fair share of collecting that data 
which shows you're as much part of it as anyone else).

I think that we should encourage diversity. Let the makers of 
opencyclemap.org make *their* cycle map, and let someone else steal 
their ideas, avoid their mistakes, and make a better (or different) 
cycle map, and so on. There's nothing like a bit of friendly competition 
to get people to revisit and improve their work.

We should try to lower the entry barrier for people creating their own 
maps, and of course once a map is reasonably stable it must be given 
equal prominence to OpenCycleMap and all others on our web site. At the 
moment there is only one cycle map but this is not the "official" cycle 
map - if someone else made a different one, it would deserve the same 

Whenever I go shopping I think what a waste of time and effort it is to 
have three different supermarkets close by, each of which offering me 
almost everything I need. But at the end of the day I'm happy to have a 


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