[OSM-talk] OSMHQ (Open Street Map High Quality): Viable Alternative For The National Map Corps
sunburned.surveyor at gmail.com
Tue Sep 2 15:47:03 BST 2008
What data are you talking about? Do you mean the actual vector
geometry created as part of the mapping, or do you mean the extra
stuff, like the metadata and the photos?
The Sunburned Surveyor
On Wed, Aug 20, 2008 at 10:40 AM, Nathan Vander Wilt
<nate-lists at calftrail.com> wrote:
> On Aug 19, 2008, at 12:22 PM, Sunburned Surveyor wrote:
>> Note: This message will probably be of the most interset to OSM
>> mappers in the United States.
>> I was very disappointed in the recent shut down of the National Map
>> Corps. This shutdown prompted me to consider if OSM could be a viable
>> alternative to the former federally sponsored base mapping of the
>> United States. I started to put down some of my thoughts on paper. I
>> realized that it wouldn't take a great deal of changes to have OSM
>> fill this much needed role. I started to put together some "suggested"
>> procedures and other ideas that would increase the quality of OSM data
>> and allow it to provide "base map" layers for a traditional GIS. I'll
>> be trying out some of these ideas and procedures on a OSM mapping
>> project near my home in Stockton, California.
> Here in the US, we have the wonderful benefit of a great deal of public
> domain map data, because of federal sponsorships like that.
> Would it be possible, instead of putting this data directly into OSM, to set
> up a separate database/webserver/API stack for the collection of data under
> a public domain license? OSM could then certainly use this data, but the
> main database's "public domain-ness" would not be compromised by the viral
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