Earlier this week i gave a talk in Dresden for the local section of the DGfK about OpenStreetMap cartography (in German). Since i got several requests for the slides of this talk i am publishing them here.
The talk is primarily about open community maps developed within the project in contrast to commercial OSM based maps but in preparation for the talk i also noticed that in terms of cartographic innovation commercial OSM maps are actually not really that meaningful in either past or present. This is kind of disturbing considering that development of digital cartography outside of OpenStreetMap does not stand still of course. So while OpenStreetMap pioneered many techniques of digital automated rule based cartography in the past at present it seems that the commercial OSM data users are satisfied with focusing on the technological side and show very little interest in actual cartographic progress.
And this despite the fact that there are actually quite a lot of aspects of the cartography of digital interactive maps which above the level of testing random ideas and playing around on a technical level have hardly ever been analyzed and discussed.