[OSM-talk] Some thoughts against remote mapping

Kate Chapman kate at maploser.com
Mon Jun 15 15:33:14 UTC 2015


Can you explain to me who the "core OSM" contributors are?

Is the issue that people doubt the usefulness of the remotely mapped data?
That we don't really believe in our own success?


On Mon, Jun 15, 2015 at 12:20 AM, Simon Poole <simon at poole.ch> wrote:

> Am 15.06.2015 um 04:11 schrieb Robert Banick:
> ...
> >
> > Remote mapping was easier to set up in the early phases of the project
> > and much more accessible to the Western “core” of OSM contributors, not
> > to mention sympathetic journalists, who wanted to check out and perhaps
> > contribute to the project. As a result the remote component has gotten
> > an outsized amount of attention within the greater OSM community even
> > though it’s only half of the story.
> ...
> I had a long diatribe here as a response that I thought better of, but I
> really did want to point out that the remote part of missing maps has
> never addressed the core OSM contributors at all. I don't think, even
> with giving everybody a lot of slack, that it can be seen as anything
> else than a marketing activity of the involved organisations in which
> the net result is not of any real concern. And I don't think shifting
> the blame for the above to the journalists is in any way fair.
> Simon
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