A naive response from a non-programmer (who is highly grateful for all the cool work you
are doing) - I'd partly agree with Simon, my preference would be something that allows
us to choose between mapping systems as they improve on each other.
Ideally openstreetmaps or another free+open format would be the goal but in Milton Keynes
right now Google give us the best resolution. I suspect as Simon notes best quality option
varies from locality to locality. We're intending on having a push on
openstreetmapping but I can't see it happening comprehensively for a year or so here.
regards and thanks again!
Mark (Milton Keynes Open Guide)
From: openguides-dev-bounces(a)lists.openguides.org on behalf of Stephen Gower
Sent: Tue 5/8/2007 11:01 PM
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Subject: Re: [OGDev] Fwd: YAPC Europe 2007 Reminder - CFP and CFH DeadlinesApproaching
On Tue, May 08, 2007 at 04:50:55PM -0400, Daniel Packer wrote:
advanced google maps,
Just picking on one bit! Can we reduce that to "advanced maps"? I
don't mind if, at the end of the day, consensus is that google is
the way forward, but it seems to me (as a non-programmer) that
google got a headstart by being the first "slippy" map with a
decent API. For Oxford, at least, there are better free (as in
beer and maybe as in speech) maps available from a user point of
* The aerial photography in maps.live.com
is way better, cos Google
still don't have Oxford in a decent resolution (everything to the
east, but it stops at the ring-road.
* The maps from maps.live.com
are better than google, showing more
paths and other non-car routes, but even better (where it exists)
is the data from openstreetmap - and that's getting better all the
time. In most of Oxford we've now got every cyclepath and footpath
as well as streets covered - and that's important when pubs for
example are only accessible by towpath or other footroute. Compare
for example the "Map" and "Mapnik" links on the map at
and suddenly you see
another way of getting there (the Mapnik link is images made from
fairly old openstreetmap data of Oxford).
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