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

Paul Johnson baloo at ursamundi.org
Sun Feb 18 17:27:34 UTC 2018

On Sat, Feb 17, 2018 at 4:29 AM, Maarten Deen <mdeen at xs4all.nl> wrote:

> On 2018-02-17 10:56, Oleksiy Muzalyev wrote:
>> This article is on the front page of the Slashdot today:
>> Fri 16 February 2018 "Why OpenStreetMap is in Serious Trouble"
>> https://blog.emacsen.net/blog/2018/02/16/osm-is-in-trouble/
> Interesting that he mentions that "the proprietary mapping world has
> continued to improve in data quality".
> In the Netherlands I see the opposite for google maps. Sure, they may have
> improved their coverage in areas that were badly mapped of old (Africa,
> Asia) and I'm sure this can be contributed to OSM, but where Google starts
> to go haywire is in the properly mapped areas.
> New roads appear weeks even, months after they are finished (Netherlands
> A5 or the roundabout at Joure where Google even now gives you an option
> over the roundabout that does not exist anymore) but also in names of
> places. Google has started to use very quaint and hardly used translations
> for cities abroad.
> For instance, Ljubljana is now displayed as Laibach, Maribor is Marburg an
> der Drau, both German translations at best and not used in the Netherlands.
> Or a few even weirder ones in france, a place called Oz just north of
> l'Alpe D'Huez is now called Oostzijde (eastside) or Oradour-sur-Glane which
> shows as "Bloedbad van Oradour-sur-Glane" (bloodbath of Oradour-sur-Glane)

 It's just as bad in most of the US.  I covered this extensively on Reddit
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