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

Frederik Ramm frederik at remote.org
Wed Feb 3 15:32:19 GMT 2010


Dave F. wrote:
>> The commercial maps have fixed tagging schemes, minimum quality 
>> standards and only accept trained personnel as mappers. They have long 
>> turnaround times and cost a lot of money to maintain. At OSM we have no 
>> fixed tagging schema, *no minimum quality standards*
> & you see that as a positive? Did you mean to write it that way?

I was assessing the pros and cons of either side. Not having minimum 
quality standards is a "con" on the OSM side, but the super fast 
turnaround times which I mentioned next are a "pro" that would be killed 
by introducing minimum quality standards. You can have one of them but 
not both.

>> So, yes, in my eyes the approach is really "take it or leave it", and if 
>> someone decides he'd rather use TeleAtlas or Navteq then by all means, 
>> let him do it. I don't know why Dave F finds this "VERY disillusioning"; 
>> what was his illusion then? 
> A regular here (Foundation member?) said that OSM would perceived to be 
> a success when someone like Google used OSM data.

That was surely a very personal statement. Remember, Foundation members 
are known to hold extreme views. Luckily they are outnumbered by 
non-member mappers by about 1:500 ;-)

> But the routing/tagging of OSM doesn't fit anything at the moment.


> Whether the map use is to make money or not , if these ventures aren't 
> taking the data because it's unusable then OSM has to be considered to 
> be failing. Again, disillusioning.

I think the single most important reason why some ventures don't, and 
will not, use OSM data is not the quality but the license. ODbL or no ODbL.


More information about the talk mailing list