[OSM-talk] "The Future of Free and Open-Source Maps" Slashdot.org , Saturday February 17, 2018

Oleksiy Muzalyev 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databases were created in the last century, with outdated tools, 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.

Best regards,


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