[OSM-dev] OpenStreeetMap and X-Plane for collecting GIS data
bsupnik at xsquawkbox.net
Thu Oct 30 13:51:35 GMT 2008
(Please forgive if this is a rerun of an email I sent a while ago...I
honestly can't remember if I have pitched this idea before. If I have,
well, we're a lot closer to action now.)
I work on the scenery for X-Plane, a cross-platform flight simulator.
The scenery simulator is derived from GIS data, mostly free US
government data (SRTM, TIGER, VMAP0, OGE2, etc.) right now.
For "obstacles" (that is, tall things that pilots want to know about,
like radio antennas, smoke stacks, etc.) we currently get US data from
an extract published by the FAA. We don't have equivalent data for the
rest of the world - in some cases, the data is not published, in others
we simply haven't had time to track down data per country.
Our users would like to help improve our scenery, and some have already
offered us lists of obstacles. But one user had another idea: use OSM
as a repository for such information.
Under this scheme, our users would enter point features into OSM for
real-world obstacles. They would try to be as accurate as possible in
both location and metadata (type, height of the obstacle). They would
hopefully use a consistent schema with tags that would let this data be
extracted in bulk, and they would have to comply with appropriate OSM
When it comes time for us to cut new scenery for X-Plane, we would then
pull the obstacles from an OSM database dump to build a world-wide list
of all obstacles in a unified format. The derived scenery would have
appropriate OSM-compatible copyright.
X-Plane would benefit from the existing shared data collection
infrastructure of OSM. OSM would benefit from a group of user's data
collection efforts increasing the fidelity of the map.
From what I have seen so far, the OSM community is fairly tolerant of
groups growing OSM with new types of data, but I wanted to bring this up
with OSM before instructing our users to "go for it". So some basic
- Is this an appropriate idea?
- Is there a process for proposing/validating a schema?
Please shout at me loudly if I am way out of line or proposing something
bad...I would like X-Plane to be a good guest in the OSM house!
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