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

Iván Sánchez Ortega ivan at sanchezortega.es
Mon Feb 1 23:13:30 GMT 2010

El Lunes, 1 de Febrero de 2010, 80n escribió:
> It is right that we are all concentrating on creation of content.  But,
> what we haven't had yet is any commercial map data consumers  telling us
> what they need.  Well, in a way, maybe Nav4All is telling us what it
> needs... and I sometimes hear Cloudmade banging on about routing.

The problem with this is the "sofixit" response.

OSM works like many other open-source projects, where someone says: "Hey, X is 
bad" - and a developer replies "Yeah, and this is open source, so fix it".

The OSM community works the same way. I'm not going to work for a company just 
because they ask for it very nicely. Dammit, if a company wants me to fix OSM 
in some way, I could as well get paid for that!

Maybe the time is coming for the business model in where I get OSM data, fork 
it, fix it in some way, and stamp a "certified technicial-approved version" 
on the cover. For just a couple grand.

You want OSM to comply with certain quality standards? Well, either invest in 
that, or pay for that. But it's not gonna magically come from the users.

Iván Sánchez Ortega <ivan at sanchezortega.es>

Un ordenador no es un televisor ni un microondas, es una herramienta compleja.
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