Talk:Why Make OpenStreetMap

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Discuss the Why Make OpenStreetMap page here


Also on the FAQ page

FAQ#Why are you making OpenStreetMap? is copied from here (or here is copied from there). And actually the FAQ page is more useful, because it follows this up with other important questions. As things stand, it would be an improvement to delete this page, and point everything to that FAQ entry instead.

Alternatively we could try to expand upon this and make it a more worthwhile page in its own right (and in a different not-Q&A format)

We need to bare in mind that this is an important bit of "marketing copy", in that it is prominently linked from the About page.

-- Harry Wood 11:52, 31 October 2007 (UTC)

Well... It's no longer prominently linked from the About page. For the moment at least. -- Harry Wood 13:59, 29 November 2007 (UTC)
OK. No meaningful edits since I said that in Nov 2007, and the page hasn't been linked back in from anywhere, so I'm REDIRECTing this to the FAQ -- Harry Wood 17:29, 6 February 2009 (UTC)

Missing mention of the wiki aspect

There's two principle reasons for OSM (two "unique selling points" you might say) :

  1. Create a map which is open licensed
  2. Create a wiki-like systems to create/maintain the map as a community.

Think User:Steve mentions the second point in his presentations on OSM actually, but it's not mentioned here.

-- Harry Wood 13:59, 29 November 2007 (UTC)

Copyright restrictions

The current page says, "The USA is the only major counter-example where due to copyright restrictions on the government, they have to give it away free." Actually, there's no such restriction; the U.S. government is simply not entitled to copyright for work done by government employees. Mattflaschen 03:27, 1 February 2008 (UTC)

OK made a little tweak to fix that (and make it fit better with the following paragraph). Feel free to make these edits yourself! We still need to tackle the above discussion points. -- Harry Wood 10:03, 1 February 2008 (UTC)