Thursday, 7 June 2018

Why OpenStreetMap is in Serious Trouble

quote [ As of writing, the current official OpenStreetMap API is 0.6. The API hasn't version hasn't changed since 2009. While a stable API can be a good thing for a mature software project, in the case of OpenStreetMap, this is as more a reflection of poor project management. ]

Using the service regularly. Wasn't sure what to make of this rather alarmistic article.
[SFW] [science & technology] [+2 Interesting]
[by Paracetamol@8:32pmGMT]


avid said @ 6:24am GMT on 8th Jun [Score:1 Insightful]
Most people and organizations and projects go through a lifecycle that starts with promoting and implementing some change, but they eventually may come to resist change. When that happens, it's often easier, faster and better to start fresh.
straw said @ 4:11pm GMT on 8th Jun
I've been using various map data for my job for the past two years or so, including Open Street Map, and I think this critique misses the forest for the trees: contributing to open data repositories takes time and effort. Creating tools which use those repositories takes time and effort. Learning enough about geography, including the social science aspects of it, in order to meaningfully contribute is a non-trivial endeavor.

As much as it's amazing to have this resource, it's created by volunteers who, eventually, are looking around and facing the economic realities of living. There's a hell of a lot of open source and open data out there that has just been exploitation by people who have gotten rich, and as much as it pains me to say this because I'm a happy user of open source projects and a happy contributor back into some of them, a lot of "open" is just riding on the backs idealists who were willing to work for free.

I suspect we're gonna see a swing back kinda the other way.

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