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

Paweł Paprota ppawel at fastmail.fm
Fri Oct 24 12:56:20 UTC 2014

> Pawel Paprota's reaction is along the same lines for me: "we could not
> have accomplished this amount of data without an import." Again no
> focus on the community or how the extra data is going to attract new
> mappers.
> This is a different OSM than I have in mind.

What strikes me in just about every discussion on OSM mailing lists is
that people frequently seem to think about stuff in black or white
terms. Granted, my reply to Frederik can also be defined as such but he
is running for the board so I guess different rules apply when trying to
scrutinize his views.

The two global approches to OSM (the "OSM as a technical/data project"
and the "OSM as community/local mapping") will *not*, should *not* and
even can *not* (as in - it's impossible) be mutually exclusive. However,
I do think there should be room given for each approach to develop and
certainly for me this is a critical to anyone who aspires to "lead" OSM
from the OSMF side. In my opinion the most productive outcome would be
to have people on the board who understand the value of both approaches
and do not apply their own philosophy to the topic - it is the community
who should decide how OSM grows and board members should be servants to
the community in this respect.

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