Thank you OSM for inviting an arch paleo like me to talk to youComing from a local government background I have talked with many clients who were increasingly interested in how OSM could form part of their mapping data strategy. The question frequently came up is this sustainable?I am not sure what people mean by a sustainable map but perhaps this morning we can explore the concept and how it might impact the future of OSM and its community.
This morning I want to briefly consider what does sustainable mean for a street map, what might be the special characteristics of a volunteered street map, explore the way that people participate in OSM and consider the motivations of people who contribute volunteered geographic information. Finally I want to offer a few thoughts and pose a couple of questions to you about the future of the OSM community.
And we can all learn from participating
The people who have been pretty good friends to OSM over the years
So back to my opening questionIs VGI sustainable? CLICKIf OSM keeps doing the things that it currently does well then it looks like the future is rosy