[OSM-talk] [Osmf-talk] Attribution guideline status update

Simon Poole simon at poole.ch
Mon Sep 9 12:24:04 UTC 2019


Just as a general comment and data point on the "the OSMF is scumbling
to commercial interests and throwing the licence out of the window"
narrative.

Ever noticed that while there are lots and lots of sites of all kinds
that use OSM derived base maps and the road network for routing, there
is essentially no use of OSM POI data outside of sites/apps that are
100% OSM based?

Now I realize that our US colleagues won't be able to relate to this,
but there are many regions and areas of the world where OSM POI data is
at a similar level as google, and in breadth clearly better than any
single other commercial POI data provider.

So why doesn't OSM POI data get used at all? Given that there obviously
would be money to be saved here?

Because the name of the game in this specific niche of the business is
merging and de-duplicating datasets of different provenance to get as
complete as possible data, and that is  simply not possible at the kind
of granularity that would be required with OSM data due to the licence. 
From discussions that I've had with typical aggregators of such data it
is clear to them that they can't and won't touch OSM data with even a
very long pole. Has anybody suggested that we give up our
no-deduplication rules, even though it would obviously be very
convenient and lead to more widespread use of OSM data? No.

Simon


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