[OSM-talk] Partnership between OSM and local government?

Valent Turkovic valent.turkovic at gmail.com
Mon Sep 20 20:04:11 BST 2010


Hi,
if I would write an NGO project for my hometown (Osijek in Croatia) that 
does some specific data collection of some type (like all bus stations, 
all cycle tracks, etc). Do I need some special permission from OSM board 
to do this?

Second question that I have is, been there been some joint ventures 
between OSM and some cities/towns or local government (except Haiti)?. 
Has anybody gotten support from their local government or city council? 
On what kind of project have you been working on?

We have a local NGO and would like to present OSM and ask for support, 
but city council would like to see how can they benefit from it. Just 
explaining how OSM is a great project and how it has hundreds of 
thousands active members won't impress them. We have one nice example as 
city owned transport company uses OSM maps on their website and shows 
trams in transit via gps.

I would love to hear more positive feedback from people who have made 
contact between OSM and local government and/or cities. What for can 
local government use OSM maps and data for? Any good example would be 
great!


Thank you in advance for your feedback,
Valent.

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