All good points above. As TheInvisibleLog mentions I am in the middle of a) updating the data around Bendigo to b) create a map to run the first street-o of the season.
I will take a look at http://oobrien.com/oom/
and see if it works.
The immediate advantages that I can see for using open streetmap (OSM) include;
> a single source of data
> anyone can make an edit to update the map
> a map can be generated of any area (so long as the data exists)
> the coverage is excellent in most major capitals of Australia
> the data can be downloaded in shapefile format and imported into OCAD if you want to really want to go that way.
In response to NSW Stinger, contours can be added as can be seen in http://www.opencyclemap.org/
. They are derived from Shuttle Radar (SRTM) and are therefore pretty coarse (good enough for MTBO?), not sufficient for FootO. That is not to say that contours couldn't be served from another server and be displayed under OSM data.
The one thing people have to understand is that any edits going into OSM must be from copyright free sources. This obviously excludes many of the current sources from which we derived existing maps such as council supplied data.
I am planning to write an article for the OVic/Orienteering Australia once my event has been run and won.