[OSM-talk] JOSM shp file plugin
frederik at remote.org
Wed Oct 20 15:52:54 BST 2010
On 10/20/10 16:16, Gregory Arenius wrote:
> There isn't a day gone past where the vast gaps in the OSM dataset, the
> missing address nodes, missing turn restrictions, missing building
> outlines, missing subdivisions, missing everything and whatnot don't
> hugely degrade the usefulness of the project.
OSM is not a data dumping ground, OSM is a community project. Importing
all these things without a community to support them is worth less than
nothing, it hurts the project rather than helping it.
If you have a shape file with building outlines, configure your Mapnik
instance to render the buildings from that.
(Having said that, I would really like to see your suggestion for a
shape file import that adds turn restrictions.)
> There is a huge amount of data out there that is under an acceptable
> license to import into OSM that would be a great asset to the project.
No, no, and no again. OSM is not a pool to collect the free geodata of
the world. Because you are right - there is an *awful* lot of geodata
available and we do _not_ want to burden our infrastructure with dead
stuff that nobody cares about.
> You can say "just go collect it manually" but if we know the data is
> already there we're not going to put in years of work duplicating it
> just to appease this anti-import mindset that some on this list have.
Let's say it is a pro-community mindset. Prove that there's the manpower
and the interest to maintain the imported data and you might have a point.
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