[OSM-talk] Using OpenStreetMap on a daily basis
jm at liotier.org
Thu Jul 11 10:19:32 UTC 2013
On 11/07/2013 11:35, osm at k3v.eu wrote:
> On Thu, 11 Jul 2013 19:12:06 +1000, Ian Sergeant
> <inas66+osm at gmail.com> wrote:
>> In my opinion, it was an unfortunate decision taken when
>> openstreetmap.orgmoved from being the wiki site, to the being our
>> own map rendering.
>> Sure, we need to have a rendered map as part of OSM, but I have a
>> feeling that if we'd stayed with the wiki front end, we could be
>> linking to off to the main map, bicycle and car routing maps, free
>> garmin maps, public transport maps, apps, and showcasing a greater
>> diversity of all the different OSM uses.
>> The problem being when people from outside the project hit the main
>> map first, is it isn't as capable as other sites, and that can be
>> discouraging, they bounce off back to google to get their routing
>> To users inside the project, it seems to be equally discouraging
>> when their feature isn't rendered or supported by *the* main map.
> Couldn't agree more. If there is no appetite for a gmaps style site
> then it would be way better to have something similar to
> openstreetmap.de which I think gives a much better idea of what the
> project is about.
I agree with both of you, especially since Openstreetmap's strength is
its users - which http://openstreetmap.de puts forward in a very nice
way. I would love to see the showcase map moved to
http://map.openstreetmap.org so that the main site's landing page would
rather give the user's sites the exposure they deserve. I also fear that
functionality such as routing on the showcase site will overexpose the
anointed service to the detriment of diversity.
But all that has already been said... Is there a way to ever conclude
this discussion that has already taken place many times ?
Maybe having showcase services at Openstreemap.org but having the home
page push alternatives instead might be a way to let insecure new users
feel good with an 'official' service while pushing others to explore
using the whole gamut of diverse services that use Openstreetmap data.
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