I have been looking into the option of setting up a Thai based OpenStreetMap server, and I know Stephan have had the thought too.
The idea behind the server is that we can setup tasks and renderings that is focused on our needs. It could also be used for experiments, development projects and other needs that might show up in the future.
For the server to make sense, it should be atleast powerful enough to run the full OpenStreetMap database with minutely updates, and be able to render the worldmap.
Things that I’d like to see on this server would be:
- Consumer map of the world based on Thai optimized stylesheets.
- Thai map for mappers showing where details are missing, and highlight errors.
- Thai tourism map, showing only details relevant to tourism.
- Create map based on GPS traces.
- Create Garmin maps for mappers based on Lambertus’ work.
- Scripts and tools like what is currently served on osm-tools.
I am sure there are other things that could be done, this is just what I could come up with in a few minutes. Be aware though, that any idea we come up with, will have to be implemented by someone.
If we were to acquire a server like this, there are a few options. We can rent a virtual or dedicated server, or we can buy a server ourselves. Each have their own advantages and disadvantages.
No matter what option we choose, it will cost money.
Renting would probably be a monthly cost of 2500-5000 THB/month and buying a server would be somewhere between 50.000 and 100.000 THB. These are wild estimates, the actual price will depend on our needs and whatever we come up with in the technical discussion.
I don’t think it is worth having the technical discussion, until we know that people are interested in backing a project like this.
So I am now offering you the option for OpenStreetMap to not just steal all your time, but also your money.
So my questions are:
- Who is in need of a server for their OSM related projects besides me and Stephan?
- Who, besides me, could be interested in backing a community server like this?