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

john whelan jwhelan0112 at gmail.com
Sat Feb 17 15:53:14 UTC 2018

I think that highlights the point on the limited resources available on the
resource side.

What we have sort of works.  Could it be better?  Most probably.

The JOSM editor is very nice but it runs over JAVA and JAVA has been
recognised as a security problem and it not recommended for many

Something in Visual Basic sorry Visual Studio Express might be more

Most commercial coding these days is done in Visual Studio for good
reasons.  To change the database architecture and the associated
infrastructure is a fairly large change.  There is a lot of investment in
what we have but on the other hand the most valuable bit of what we have is
the data and that can moved across.

Will it happen.  Probably not.  Normally what causes this sort of change is
money.  Things like support costs, what do we do when the guys who know
this stuff disappear?  Can we demonstrate the code is clean and reliable?
I don't think there is anyone looking at these sort of things.

Cheerio John

On 17 February 2018 at 09:45, Eugene Alvin Villar <seav80 at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Sat, Feb 17, 2018 at 9:53 PM, john whelan <jwhelan0112 at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> Possibly a technical working group to identify areas that could be
>> improved or even if we were to start over again how would we do it from a
>> technical point of view?  Funding would be a different problem.
> I believe the now-defunct Strategic Working Group (
> https://wiki.osmfoundation.org/wiki/Strategic_Working_Group) is what you
> are looking for?
> ~Eugene
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