OpenStreetMap India site proposal
Community made maps, for Indians.
To be the hub of open source map data and related services for use within India.
The global homepage of the OpenStreetMap project is hosted at OSM.org and acts as the starting point for anyone interested in the project. Due to the generic nature of the .org homepage and the default maps that are visible, it is not apparent that the core of the project, is led by ordinary citizens voluntarily mapping out their neighbourhoods. The general impression of first time visitors is that OSM is merely an alternative map to Google, but nothing beyond that.
Having a local OSM.in domain will propogate the idea that the project and website is more local in nature and the maps takes into account the various infrastructural and cultural differences of the country. It also gives the Indian mapping and technology community a platform to showcase their skills and leadership abilities to drive open source projects locally.
Promote OSM as a project with grassroots level scope in India
Conform to local laws pertaining to the display of India’s external boundaries
Rendering of map features unique to India
Provide a platform to showcase local community and technology talent
Government civic services
Phase 1 - Indian map
Custom map tiles made with an India specific carto stylesheet
Data download section for processed .osm extracts
Phase 2 - Showcase data richness
Overlay layer to display non latin names
Multiple tile layers for different use cases
Phase 3 - Increase participation
Wikidata integration to translate place names
Community section for coordination of mapping activities and progress
Phase 4 - Mashups to increase reach
Wikipedia integration to make the map a learning tool
Integrate routing capabilities
Phase 5 - Improve performance
Minutely diffs for near real time map updates
Mobile/low bandwidth version of the site and tiles
Phase 6 - Future
Vector based map rendering