[OSM-talk] What can we offer local government?

john whelan jwhelan0112 at gmail.com
Tue Mar 14 21:02:31 UTC 2017

Do we have a wiki entry on this subject?

It has come up a couple of times.  Locally this morning talking to the guy
who supplies us with Ottawa bus stops under an approved open data licence.
It only took five years from start to finish to get it approved on both
sides. It has also come up in Lusaka Zambia.

Both locations use more than one language.  Both seemed unaware that the
map can be in languages other than English.  Apparently politically this
can be very important.

Using R R.org apparently we can count things in the map.  Why anyone would
want to do this is a mystery to me but apparently statistians make money
from it so it must be useful to someone. Possibly local governments?

The contact from Ottawa was aware that the city paid for the maps it used
on some of their web sites but wasn't sure about using OSM instead, the
idea of not having a contract would be difficult to get across.

Anyone any examples of how local government is using OSM?  I understand
part of the City of Ottawa, Ottawa Hydro does use OSM on its web site by
the way.  Something my contact was unaware of.

Thanks John
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