[OSM-talk] Facebook acquires crowdsourced mapping company Mapillary

Nick Whitelegg nick.whitelegg at solent.ac.uk
Sat Jun 20 09:43:14 UTC 2020

Hello Florian,

Yes - I have to admit that's partly why I've been focusing on walking trails only in my own project (aside from the fact that I have a particular interest in waling trails), the storage requirements are not going to ramp up so quickly.

I have to admit I haven't considered how exactly a fully open source StreetView would be funded - other people would be better-placed than myself to think of solutions to this - but was just floating the idea as a nice-to-have.


From: Florian Lohoff
Sent: Friday, June 19, 2020 22:45
To: Nick Whitelegg
Cc: OSM Talk
Subject: Re: [OSM-talk] Facebook acquires crowdsourced mapping company Mapillary

Hi Nick,

On Fri, Jun 19, 2020 at 11:47:01AM +0000, Nick Whitelegg wrote:
> (Disclaimer: I am the developer of said project)
> You can login using your OSM account.

The issue is that once you start pushing stuff into any projects your
storage expenses will kill you pretty fast.


Thats 0.005$ per GB and Month. Thats *12 *1024 for a Terrabyte. Thats
something like 60$ per Year per Terrabyte which sounds reasonable
concerning disk costs. Costs per disk per lifetime and infrastructure to
connect it to the IP Network.

Since late May i have produced:

flo at p4:/scratch/local/mapillary$ du -sh .
285G    .
flo at p4:/scratch/local/mapillary$ find . -type f -iname "*.jpg" | wc -l

So just pushing worth like 2 Weeks of taking street imagery will cost the
Hoster about 20$ per year from now on. And i have pushed multiple terrabytes
to Mapillary since 2014.

And thats just me. Put that to a global OSM perspective and you need
serious funding for storing all that imagery, let alone the CPU cycles
for your compute vision to blur faces and number plates.

And as i have done something like OpenStreetcam 10 years ago for my personal
imagery without the fancy blurring stuff. And i have worked for Hosting
companys so i know the deal.

This is why I think personally that the Facebook deal is the only
viable option for getting long term funding for storage. Somebody
has to pay for it. And i dont see a real businesscase which will pay
up for all the random Dashboards people store into your Dataset.

So either Facebook supports this service or we are toast.

The only option would then be OSMF funding but you may have a glimpse
at the Mapillary numbers and prepare some fundraising.

Florian Lohoff                                                 f at zz.de
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