[okfn-labs] opening up what3words

willi uebelherr willi.uebelherr at gmail.com
Sat May 16 23:22:25 UTC 2015

Dear Trio,

i agree absolutly with your intention and how you describe the reality. 
But many of that, what you explain, we can't change it with the address 
maping in a computer.

The first is, that all people in the world have a free and unlimited 
access to the technical systems for communication. Then, and only then, 
they can communicate with us. And we with them. This is the immaterial 
transport system. It is easier to build.

The material transport system is more complicated. But, of course, also 
very important.

All people have an address. Never we live in a virtual environment. The 
textual descripton helps us, to find the coordinate in the geodetic 
system. As the WC84 (GPS, OpenStreetmap, Gmap) or similar.

I think, in the textual description we should use and see the 
geographical relations. This helps us for an easier orientation.

many greetings, willi
Cordoba, Argentina

Am 16-May-15 um 19:57 schrieb trio:
> ...
> Why is it important?
> Around 75% of the world (135 countries) suffers from inconsistent,
> complicated or inadequate addressing systems.
> This means that around 4 billion people are invisible; unable to
> report crime; unable to get deliveries or receive aid; and unable to
> exercise many of their rights as citizens because they simply have no
> way to communicate where they live.
> For example, it means that in remote locations water facilities can’t
> be found, monitored and fixed; and schools, refugee camps and informal
> settlements remain unaddressed.
> Even in countries with advanced address systems, people get lost,
> packages aren’t delivered, and businesses and tourist attractions
> don’t get found.
> Poor addressing might seem no more than annoying in some countries,
> but around the world it hampers the growth and development of nations,
> ultimately costing lives.
> We want to give everyone in the world the ability to talk about a
> precise location as easily as possible.
> Everyone and everywhere now has an address.
> -=-=-
>     Perhaps i've just been attracted to their propaganda that makes it
> sound like they could "save lives"? I first thought it made sense, but
> your arguments against it are persuading me to the opposite
> conclusion.
>     If one lives in a place where they don't have a serious address,
> are they going to have enough infrastructure to say "please send my
> solar panel to up.creek.paddle" instead of "... to the cabin up the
> hill from the place where the river turns northward, after the big
> waterfall"? Do i need a precise location under those circumstances?
> Will an ambulance come to ran.off.road more easily than GPS
> coordinates where someone found a broken down automobile?
>     I think i first was tempted by the project because it seems so
> easily copied by an Open system. But, if it's not worth doing... thank
> you for saving us the trouble of building it. :)

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