[OSM-talk] Facebook acquires crowdsourced mapping company Mapillary

Simon Poole simon at poole.ch
Fri Jun 19 14:06:50 UTC 2020

Am 19.06.2020 um 13:47 schrieb Nick Whitelegg:
> (Disclaimer: I am the developer of said project)

One of the key functionalities required for such a project to be useable
in countries with developed privacy regulation is the ability to
automatically pixelate relevant parts of the images with a high degree
of reliability. It took Mapillary literally years to get that nailed
down and bring it to the level of functionality it is at now.

Which is one of the reasons why, way back when Mapillary started, I was
sceptical about the sustainability because the part of the product the
detection is required don't have a real associated revenue stream
(except if you a google, or ... and can use it in one way or the other
to sell ads).

In any case doing that from scratch would be a real pain. I believe the
OSC stack is now actually all OSS which would be a far better starting
point -if- sustainable funding could be built around the whole thing.


PS: naturally the whole reason for OSC was a business dispute that is
now moot because Mapillary is opening up its images for commercial use too.

> Those of you looking for 100% FOSS software and who are focused on 360
> degree photography of off-road routes (walking trails and so on) might
> want to consider OpenTrailView (https://opentrailview.org). Do bear in
> mind that it is in the early stages of development, so don't expect
> Mapillary-style UX just yet, and there is only a small amount of
> imagery (largely southern England at the moment plus a few around
> Heidelberg for probably obvious reasons) but it is in active
> development and I do have a possible collaboration with another
> project (more on that later).
> OpenTrailVIew also uses underlying OpenStreetMap data to auto-connect
> panoramas, using GeoJSON Path Finder
> (github.com/perliedman/geojson-path-finder), though, due to server
> capacity constraints, this only works at present in Europe and Turkey
> (though requests for other countries welcome, though note that if they
> are for large and/or highly-populated countries countries such as the
> USA, China or Brazil I would have to restrict it to a region).
> You can login using your OSM account.
> Nick
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> *From:* Florian Lohoff <f at zz.de>
> *Sent:* 19 June 2020 07:58
> *To:* Niels Elgaard Larsen <elgaard at agol.dk>
> *Cc:* talk at openstreetmap.org <talk at openstreetmap.org>
> *Subject:* Re: [OSM-talk] Facebook acquires crowdsourced mapping
> company Mapillary
> On Fri, Jun 19, 2020 at 01:21:59AM +0200, Niels Elgaard Larsen wrote:
> > Paul Johnson:
> > > Great.  How's this affect those of us who trust Facebook about as
> far as we can throw it?
> >
> >
> > Use openstreetcam
> Openstreetcam is pretty much "disfunct" from my perspective. There are
> tons of bugs people opened because of their tracks not beeing
> processing. Same for me. Twitter feed dead for a year. It looks pretty
> much abandoned since end of 2019 - Since early June serious problems
> processing tracks and uploads.
> And for the me focus on Car driveable streets makes it useless.
> Flo
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