[OSM-talk] Isn't it nice to share? 🙂 | Re: Facebook mapping highways using AI in collaboration with OpenStreetMap

Blake Girardot bgirardot at gmail.com
Fri Aug 2 06:57:14 UTC 2019

On Fri, Aug 2, 2019 at 8:00 AM Rory McCann <rory at technomancy.org> wrote:

> Oh yes, there's nothing wrong with Facebook (and Yelp, and TripAdvisor
> and and) having their own PoI database. But, they _could_ help us,
> massively, by sharing it. They way they talk about OSM, you'd swear they
> were already doing all they could to help us. 😉
> But it's naive to think they ever will. Nothing wrong with that,
> shareholder value and all that.
Hi Rory,

Respectfully, it is naive to think that even if they did offer their POI
databases, the self appointed police of OSM would allow the POIs to be
added to OSM.

Truthfully, it is naive to think that any mapping or data that is not
contributed just the way the few vocal folks who monopolize these OSM lists
like, will be accepted.

There really is no way to win with these folks, offer a lot and they accuse
the contributor of trying to take over and/or destroying OSM, offer too
little and they accuse the users of taking advantage of OSM.

Best to just do like most folks who are interested in using and
contributing to OSM do - unsubscribe from these lists and carry on.


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