Originally Posted by TwoHooter
Are you able to give an opinion of how this is going to play out in the long run? Will a non-profit like Primar decide to become a supplier of charts to the recreational boating market that is "open" in the sense that their charts will run on all the major aps? Or will the OCPN team have to pick away at the various Hydrographic Offices (the ultimate source of most chart data) and try to persuade them to produce versions of charts which recreational boaters can afford and which will run on a variety of apps, including OCPN?
I appreciate this is a big question, and you may not be free to answer it.
one might mention that Transas is owned now by Wärtsilä as an additional step in this Industry.
Primar is by no means a "non-profit" organization. In the case of S-63 or official charts they act as a regional coordination center (RENC are those called) and at the same time as a Reseller or VAR. Admiralty does the same by the way.
OpenCPN did decide to go the oeSENC way as we do not expect that the position and orientation of the Hydrographic Offices will change with respect to licensing charts for the non-professional market.
All the charts you see at o-charts are the the fruit of licensing agreements with different Hydrographic Offices. Each one with their specifics, special ideas and update frequencies.
But as you will have seen the portfolio has grown and we will bring more coverage in the future. We are in talks with more countries and will include those over the time.
With respect to Chartworld: you might be gotten there in some battle between CE and CW.
Coastal Explorer did integrate the licensing (and billing) procedure into their program using the CW API, making it easier for the user perhaps. But as always in this cases if something goes wrong, the fingerpointing starts.
When OpenCPN started with S-63 we kept out of this track. So the licensing is much more "manual" in our case. And the users are free to go to Chartworld or to any other reseller.
We heard about two or three complaints about CW, but know other stories where users got refunded after licensing the wrong product or giving it up with OpenCPN.
And our contacts have be fluent and constructive right from the beginnings.
That's why we recommend them.
As we know that charts are decisive for a chart plotter and navigator the commitment to get good charts and reasonable costs for OpenCPN forms part of the OpenCPN universe.