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

Clifford Snow clifford at snowandsnow.us
Wed Mar 15 05:21:44 UTC 2017

This is a new wiki page,
https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/OpenStreetMap_for_Government, for
governments that use OSM. Please feel free to update the page to include
Ottawa Hydro.


On Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 2:02 PM, john whelan <jwhelan0112 at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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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