[OSM-talk] What can we offer local government?
james2432 at gmail.com
Wed Mar 15 12:38:36 UTC 2017
The city of Ottawa already uses OSM in their opendata portal:
But I doubt they know/care as their portal was built by a consultant and
On Wed, Mar 15, 2017 at 6:31 AM, joost schouppe <joost.schouppe at gmail.com>
> Hi John,
> The page Clifford shared is of course an excellent resource (I started the
> article :)
> But your remarks are not very government-specific, so you probably won't
> find an answer there.
>> 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.
> There's many projects working on that problem. In Belgium we have a
> famously complicated situation. Especially Brussels is interesting, where
> both French and Dutch are used in the name=* field, split by " - " and with
> language in more or less random order. We're working on mono-lingual tiles
> to help with that:
>>> 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?
> There are many ways to count thing on a map :)
> Just a random example: you might want to make a classification of
> different kinds of neighborhoods (sleeper village, city center,
> agricultural area, holiday area). You can do that completely automated for
> a whole country using OSM data (if it is complete enough)
> 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.
> Well yes, and there is no such thing as a free lunch. There are limits to
> the use of OSM.org tiles. Running your own tile server is often deemed too
> complicated by local governments. For bigger websites, they will often look
> at the likes of Mapbox.
>> Anyone any examples of how local government is using OSM?
> What Clifford said :)
>> 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.
> Typically, one branch of government has no clue what another branch is
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