[OSM-talk] The world’s best addressable map

David Cuenca dacuetu at gmail.com
Thu Oct 23 18:52:23 UTC 2014

On Thu, Oct 23, 2014 at 6:56 PM, <steve at asklater.com> wrote:

>  What I really mean is the “world's most complete open map”. There are
> three pieces to a modern map. There's the display piece, the routing and
> the geocoding.
> We won the display piece. It looks great. We are ok at routing. Not
> perfect or great, but ok. We're really lacking on the addressing. If we can
> get addressing even to the “ok” stage then a lot more people will use OSM,
> which means more editors, more community and more data. This is because the
> main use for maps today by the public is to get somewhere, and we can't
> help with that without all three pieces. Right now we have 2/3.

A map is a representation of the world, and the most accurate it is, the
more it helps. Given the current circumstances OSM is doing great at
displaying, but the circumstances keep changing all the time and other
actors are pushing forward, building up 3d models that later on can be used
in mixed applications, and overlaying all kinds of data.

I agree that most people just want to know how to get from A to B, the
travel options available, and how long it takes. But then there is the
whole business/tourism searching, etc. because a map is never just "a map",
it is a tool to make the most of the world.

If you want to build "the world's most complete open map", then you need to
take into account all aspects needed for representing the world, which is
basically *everything*.

Anyhow, as mission it is challenging enough :)

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