[OSM-talk] Addresses are a tiny fraction of what we do (was: The world’s best addressable map)

Marc Gemis marc.gemis at gmail.com
Fri Oct 24 11:17:42 UTC 2014

For me it is not unthinkable that once a company starts using OSM data for
a commercial offering, they might start demanding to add that data.  Of
course they cannot demand anything from the community, but they can import
the data, or some people might feel a need to import data, or... It's hard
to explain in a foreign language and via mail. But for me, allowing
(address) imports is already a form of obeying that marketing demand. Then
OSM is no longer about people surveying and drawing from aerial images.



On Fri, Oct 24, 2014 at 12:31 PM, Florian Lohoff <f at zz.de> wrote:

> Hi,
> On Thu, Oct 23, 2014 at 01:32:19PM +0200, Marc Gemis wrote:
> > So don't you expect "pressure" from companies using OSM for navigation
> and
> > geocoding to add more addresses ? Or do you expect them to use many
> > different datasources ?
> I dont get this? "pressure"? On what basis? You get the OSM data on a
> "take it or leave it" basis.
> If it doesnt suit your need you are free to spend an arbitrary amount of
> money
> to buy datasets which better suit your needs.
> OSM comes without any guarantees.
> Me personally i love addresses which might be the cause for >40K addresses
> i have added to OSM in the past years. I am absolutely optimistic that
> addresscompletion for example for Germany wont take more than 3 years. So
> by 2017 we'll have all Adresses. Its just a matter of time and i am
> very relaxed about this. When i started with OSM in 2007 i wouldnt have
> thought that we'll have that amount of Data in 2014 just 7 years later.
> Flo
> --
> Florian Lohoff                                                 f at zz.de
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