[OSM-talk] Fwd: Nav4All navigation shut down by Navteq

Igor Brejc igor.brejc at gmail.com
Mon Feb 1 17:07:10 GMT 2010

On Mon, Feb 1, 2010 at 2:31 PM, NopMap <ekkehart at gmx.de> wrote:

> OSM is quite suitable for any hobby project, but I believe that the
> anarchistic nature and the often controversial and sometimes disputed and
> chaotic tagging are reason enough to deter the use of OSM in any
> professional area where you are talking about warranties.

I have to agree with Nop, up to a point. OSM is a great project and I invest
a lot of my free time in it, but I still think it has a lot of failure
points. The first time I wanted to use OSM data for a professional job, the
data simply failed me. And I'm only talking about generating a high-scale UK
map, not some complex routing application. Even drawing land borders between
England, Scotland and Wales proved to be big PITA because of different
approaches to tagging between the three regions (not to mention that
England's regional boundaries were tagged the same way as the border with
Scotland). I don't whether this has been improved in the meantime.

So you are forced to manually post-process the data, which kind-of
invalidates the whole "tagging" approach in OSM.
I think this will sooner or later have to be addressed by the OSM community.
Or we will have to build much better mapping applications which will be able
to go around these obstacles.

Best regards,
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