[OSM-talk] Facebook mapping highways using AI in collaboration with OpenStreetMap
osm at imagico.de
Fri Jul 26 08:34:29 UTC 2019
On Friday 26 July 2019, Frederik Ramm wrote:
> This is probably normal for corporate PR people, but for me it's just
And in that conflict in my eyes you can see the core of the problem.
The corporate appropriation of OpenStreetMap and the OSM community has
meanwhile all the characteristics of a cult. You can see in the
reactions of corporate representatives here - as well as in other cases
where corporate PR misrepresenting OSM is presented, see for example
the comments to the Facebook diary entry that has been linked to or in
the discussion with the Thailand community, that many of them are so
detached from the reality of the hobby mapper community and
non-corporate data users that functional communication is essentially
not possible any more.
I have no solution for this - at least none that works within OSM alone.
But i have strong doubts meanwhile that arguing with people who are
fully immersed into the belief system of corporate PR regarding OSM is
of benefit in most cases. This in itself is a pretty frightening
There is a famous saying (not sure of its origin) - that fits pretty
well here: It is hard to make people understand something if their
livelihood depends on not understanding it.
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