Well, the data has finally been rendered for the north coast mapping I did over Christmas. There’s further work to be done south of Casino to turn the GPS traces into map data, but I’ll get through that soon. Here’s a cropped image from OpenStreetMap, linked back to the site itself. Basically everything between Mullumbimby, Lismore and Bangalow (apart from Bangalow Road itself) is my work. As you can see there’s a lot more to be done. Eventually, all sorts of geographic features should be included, such as points of interest like schools, national parks and rivers. Obviously, there’s a lot more roads to be added as well 🙂
If you’re asking why I and so may others went and continue to go to the effort, remember that Google Maps and the data behind it come with restrictions on its use; OSM does not. People are using the free and unencumbered data to use in various ways beyond a simple web browser. Not having to worry about the cost of the data, and the possibility of being sued for using it, means that all sorts of people can make more interesting applications based on that data, and use it in ways that you can’t with Google’s data.