[OSM-talk] Things People Say

Andrew Harvey andrew.harvey4 at gmail.com
Thu Jan 5 08:50:14 GMT 2012

On Wed, Dec 28, 2011 at 4:19 PM, Michal Migurski <mike at stamen.com> wrote:
>> OpenStreetMaps has its own data but it is provided by a community that does not have as much momentum as Wikipedia, even New York City data is pretty much incomplete[1]
> This was in response to the out-of-date NYC page on the wiki, and Russ Nelson set the commenter straight in the thread. Still, the perception of lower quality or at least incompleteness is lurking out there.

Not really relevant, but this point made me remember about when I
first came across OSM and had learned what it was about, I was
expecting empty patches in my city, but when I looked at the map all
the streets were there it looked complete to me so I didn't bother
looking into contributing. It was only a year later that I
rediscovered OSM and realised that even though the streets were
mapped, there were all sorts of other features that I could contribute
like bike paths, drinking fountains, public toilets, local parks...

I wonder if it was called OpenWorldMap rather than OpenStreetMap when
I first came across it, if this wouldn't have constrained myself to
solely streets when I first looked at the map...

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