[OSM-talk] Using OpenStreetMap on a daily basis

Johan C osmned at gmail.com
Sat Jul 20 16:39:17 UTC 2013

<Nobody should use OSM on a daily basis>

Oops, than I'm nobody. I use OSM data and one of the reference views of
this data (Mapnik on osm.org) on a daily basis. That makes me a heavy user.
And contributor, because the use of OSM data (mkgmap, thanks to the
developers of this nice program and Geofabrik for their extracts) gives me
feedback on routing errors. The map on osm.org is very handy to see the
gaps in the data, like the routing errors I run in to, missing roads or
POI's. By using JOSM, which uses a view of a certain area, I'm enabled to
contribute, that is updating the records in the database, as in this
Wikipedia article: :-) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Data_entry_clerk (though
I'm not so pretty as the woman on the photo)

2013/7/20 Joseph Reeves <iknowjoseph at gmail.com>

> I've not followed this thread too closely, but arguably OSM is meant to be
> made not used. Nobody should use OSM on a daily basis; that's what MapQuest
> Open, MapBox et al are for.
> Using OSM on a daily basis would be like trying to read a dictionary as
> your only book: all the words are there, but the story is rubbish.
> /Devil's Advocate
> On 20 Jul 2013 16:16, "Clifford Snow" <clifford at snowandsnow.us> wrote:
>> 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
>> used"
>> Adding muggle useable features would certainly be a step in the
>> right direction.
>> --
>> Clifford
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