Originally Posted by Gilletarom
Hello BCN, Hello Dave,
I think I heard the speech about the price of charts S-63:
- A structure will be implemented by OpenCPN for the recovery of allowed users and downloading maps.
- They will not be free.
I also read the other thread on the Norwegian charts. I understood to be negotiated with each organization chart manufacturer as the Norwegian service, the French Service (SHOM), the English
Service (Admiralty) etc ...
All this requires negotiation "purchase" with charts providers S63. It will also work "marketing" to put the "allowed users" and charts available to users.
This is a new activity that has nothing to do with software development project.
Or how to structure these new activities will be structured? How many people are in charge? Who is responsible?
the requirements of the IHO and the national HOs are very clear:
one need to issue UserPermits and keys to activate cells one has purchased.
This is in the line of the existing BSB and NV plug-ins.
And we will face the same issue of pricing.
But OpenCPN users in need of charts that are only available by HOs or their distributors will have a way to get those. Under Windows, Linux and OS-X.
This as a first step.
If we can get "community discounts" on charts, better. But this is something we can work on.
For OpenCPN this implies:
there will be a plug-in that consists of two parts:
- a open one for integration into the existing program structure
- and a closed source modulle to handle the encrypting, decryting and all the stuff related to the keys.
The second part is under the umbrella of our engineering office (my wife and me) and strictly seperated from the normal development. Remember that right from the beginning Dave insisted that a development of this type of plug-ins shall not expose or putting into risk the rest of the OpenCPN development.
There will be a very simple webshop to generate the UserPermits and we shall have some first chart providers as well. No big organisation or structure.
SHOM by the way would be an important partner to talk to, even if they market the charts basicly by PRIMAR. France
has the biggest user community of OpenCPN and if we have to pilgrim to Brest we should do so. And talking does mean in this moment: to sit down, to understand and to gather ideas.
Does that that answer your very wellcome questions?