World domination — fast

When I joined openstreetmap back in 2006, I immediately understood its potential. However, I didn’t believe it would grow as fast as it actually did. Today opentreetmap pervades everyday’s life. Maps rendered from our data can be found in the »Fahrradbuch Karlsruhe« or in a brochure of the local public transport company, showing all public baths of the Karlsruhe region.

This eve, on the way back home, I saw a display at a pharmacy around the corner, alternately showing some ads and the location of the next emergency service. I knew those maps:

Osm on a pharmacy display

Osm on a pharmacy display

You can even see some dismantled railways which have been mapped by some trainspotters. Here’s a screenshot to preserve the rendering:

The area around the Ettlinger Tor, Karlsruhe, including some dismantled railways (data by openstreetmap.org and its contributors, CC-by-SA)

The area around the Ettlinger Tor, Karlsruhe, including some dismantled railways (data by openstreetmap.org and its contributors, CC-by-SA)

I find it very interesting where our data pops up every now and then and am curious where they will surprise me next.

1 thought on “World domination — fast

  1. Pink Duck

    With the attribution as the current OSM licence states I suspect things would progress even quicker.

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