[OSM-talk] Nominatim on the main page

Grant Slater openstreetmap at firefishy.com
Sun Feb 18 17:58:51 UTC 2018


On 18 February 2018 at 17:34, Paul Johnson <baloo at ursamundi.org> wrote:
> In the diatribe (no disrespect meant, since it did bring up some relevant
> points that we can use constructively, simply a description of the tone)
> that emacsen posted last week that we've surely all read by now, he does
> bring up one point that I think we can work on for fairly immediate
> improvement.
>
> On the OSM homepage, can we use the visible area (or maybe that plus an
> exploded offset to a larger surrounding bounds) as a bonding box to be
> passed to Nominatim for some context when searching?  This animation really
> drives the problem home.
>
> https://gfycat.com/NiceImperturbableCatfish
>

Not great. :-(

Nominatim effectively only has 1 maintainer / primary contributor:
https://github.com/openstreetmap/Nominatim/graphs/contributors
lonvia spends a significant amount of her volunteered time defending
the service again abusers.
https://operations.osmfoundation.org/policies/nominatim/
Single users can overload nominatim by sending 1000s of automated
requests per second, the same holds true for the tile servers we run:
https://operations.osmfoundation.org/policies/tiles/

Nearly as bad contribution wise is the server infrastructure code:
https://github.com/openstreetmap/chef/graphs/contributors

What we badly need is more help from developers and chef operations people.

How about someone in the community organises a Beauty Parade / Cross
Comparison of different open OpenStreetMap GeoCoders?

The OpenStreetMap Operations team prefers to be able to self-host the
infrastructure required to run OpenStreetMap.org. Reasons: Privacy /
Maintainability / Availability. We don't go this route for a
navigation / router as they seem to be under constant flux, without a
clear "winner" and system their requirements keep climbing.

Kind regards,

Grant



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