As a programmer myself I understand that free vs non-free causes more work
for you. However you cannot ignore one of the foundations of the wikimedia
movement because it makes a little more work for you. I honestly don't
understand why you thought that Apple maps would be acceptable at all. You
have both a breach of our privacy policy and a violation of our free
software enforcement policy. Yes using OSM adds work and increases the
download size, but is a valid option. If OSM or other free software wasn't
possible then we might consider non-free  alternatives but that's not the

On Tue, Mar 21, 2017 at 12:18 PM Dan Garry <> wrote:

> On 21 March 2017 at 14:34, Gerard Meijssen <>
> wrote:
> >
> > Technical considerations are imho less relevant. What trumps it is
> > functionality.
> Technical considerations are very relevant if one is doing something
> technical, for example developing an iOS app or a maps tile service.
> > Our maps have to be good everywhere and as far as I know OSM
> > is superior in places where there is profit to be made from maps.
> If you choose to ignore the technical difficulties and half of my earlier
> email, then yes, that may be true.
> > Current maps world wide and historical maps are what we need. How would
> you
> > use the Apple maps for a map of the Ottoman empire?
> >
> Given that our maps service does not support this, and will not any time
> soon, this is very off-topic.
> Dan
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> Dan Garry
> Lead Product Manager, Discovery
> Wikimedia Foundation
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