[OSM-talk] Data Import Support Working Group
Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
avarab at gmail.com
Thu May 14 16:26:37 BST 2009
On Wed, May 13, 2009 at 1:26 AM, SteveC <steve at asklater.com> wrote:
> The foundation today discussed the perceived need for a working group
> to help people import data.
> We know there are highly talented individuals out there who are able
> to find data to import, have the social skills and time to get data
> holders to release it to OSM, have the legal knowledge to see if it's
> ok to import and have the technical skills to do the actual importing.
> They are doing amazing work.
> However there are those that can do only a portion of this. Thus we
> would like to help the people finding the data meet the people who can
> import it, and them feel they have backing. We are not looking to
> stomp on existing imports. We wish to help with the large number of
> datasets out there without a champion who has all the skills needed to
> get it imported. There is a lot of data out there! We will prioritise
> it and help get it imported.
> So, are you someone who knows about some datasets? Are you able to do
> the importing? Do you have a little time each week to help guide the
> process and talk to people who might have data? Then please get in
> touch to help start this group. We will meet approximately every week
> or two for an hour long phone call.
This is a very welcome development, I for one have acquired a dataset
on behalf of OSM which is waiting for someone to write the required
code to import it and keep it up to date.
I would be interested in being part of this group, e.g. by helping
collate and classify datasets that are waiting to be imported, and
even by writing code required to do the importing.
But can this please be coordinated in a more globally/non-English
speaking/non-GMT friendly forum than a weekly telephone conference?
You obviously seem to have a strong preference for phone conferences
but judging from the responses to the (proposed?) ODbL teleconference
a lot of people who'd otherwise be willing to take part in that (and
presumably this) effort find that an inconvenient forum.
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