Sounds great, neh?
Need work, but it works!
Let me know if i can help with what i've learned from it yet..
Edit : See my post a little further. It had grown a lot..
honestly, I am quite sceptic. Great goal, but I have seen so many failing on similar tasks.
would be cool if it could use OpenStreetMap data, too. but the commercial-data aproach is useful while OSM is building up.
the developing process seems a bit frozen though with the most recent change dating 3 weeks ago, the next several months.
I guess the OpenStreetMap data will grow in size eventually, but it seems labor intensive at the very least.
of course it is, but it's also very rewarding in the end: imagine having free, editable maps of anywhere you can use for any purpose..
the labout intensiveness has just dropped, as yahoo allows us to use their satellite imaging to draw the streets, now we don't need to have been everywhere (see the map of baghdad for instance) - we can just trace it - we still need to check the names though, as it's not legal to take if from a copyrighted source (i.e. map)
with this the number of potential contributors increased as not only people with gps' can take part.
i know there's a lot of ideology behind it but it's also a lot of fun!
Why not import maps using the free TIGER data provided by the government?
TIGER is being imported,
to ensure that we aren't gonna get sued we'll stay on the safe side and not use any data from copyrighted source - even if it's hard/impossible to prove it, it's politically incorrect.