[OSM-talk] Organizational mapping policy
frederik at remote.org
Wed May 14 07:26:39 UTC 2014
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On 05/14/14 08:55, Simon Poole wrote:
> Are there actually examples of larger scale paid mapping that
> haven't been disclosed and that have been detected by the DWG?
Not by the DWG - but by the community, yes, this happens quite
In Germany alone in the past year there have been four instances that
I know of where a company or agency started a project that involved
modifying OSM data and they were then found out by the community (one
case involved the micro mapping of railway stations, one was cycle
routes in Lower Saxony, and two were projects that aimed to improve
disabled/OAP mobility by mapping sidewalks as separate footpaths).
All of these cases had in common that there was to bad intent on the
part of the organisation doing the mapping, but sometimes dangerously
little knowledge about OSM and its community, and in each time it took
the community a while to identify the people behind it and establish a
working channel of communication.
I don't know much about cases in other parts of the world; both Mapbox
and Telenav are quite open about employing mappers (Telenav have had a
talk at last SOTM-US about this). Their openness about this is welcome
but at the moment totally voluntary; there are likely a bunch of other
companies who do the same kinds of things but do not talk about it.
Frederik Ramm ## eMail frederik at remote.org ## N49°00'09" E008°23'33"
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