[OSM-talk] "The Future of Free and Open-Source Maps" Slashdot.org , Saturday February 17, 2018
oleksiy.muzalyev at bluewin.ch
Sat Feb 17 09:56:41 UTC 2018
This article is on the front page of the Slashdot today:
Fri 16 February 2018 "Why OpenStreetMap is in Serious Trouble"
"The Future of Free and Open-Source Maps"
I actually read the article, and though it has got insightful
information and interesting ideas, I have doubts about some suggestions.
For instance, reviews. I hope it will not come to what there is at some
commercial maps, when one adds say a building and then has to wait for a
month that an almighty moderator approves it, so that it appears on the map.
I also skeptical of massive imports from governments' databases. These
databases were created in the last century, with outdated tools,
sometimes by disinterested underpaid clerks, probably in a climate of
secrecy of that era. And such an import may replace the quality data
from modern satellite imagery, GPS traces, surveys, etc.
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