[OSM-talk] Using OpenStreetMap on a daily basis

Clifford Snow clifford at snowandsnow.us
Sat Jul 20 15:13:27 UTC 2013

On Fri, Jul 19, 2013 at 10:45 PM, Bryce Nesbitt <bryce2 at obviously.com>wrote:

> To date OSM is run by a group of mappers that caters to mappers. There is
> an unlikely but burning desire to somehow turn more ordinary muggles into
> mappers.  It is as if the map was meant to be made, not used:
> and it's working.  Of the people I talk to and show OpenStreetMap, the
> vast majority have never even heard of it, and that includes land
> management, GIS professionals, teachers and engineers all who could in
> theory be interested.
> What would drive more mapping would in fact be more passive users: some
> percentage will survive the test of fire on the tagging list and become
> mappers.  OSM could offer high quality print exports, or
> one-click embeddable maps, or a dozen other compelling services.  But
> someone would have to pay for all that bandwidth and user support, in order
> to glean a few more true believer mappers.

I think you just created OSM new tag line, "OSM is meant to be made, not

Adding muggle useable features would certainly be a step in the
right direction.


OpenStreetMap: Maps with a human touch
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