[OSM-dev] OpenStreeetMap and X-Plane for collecting GIS data

Robert (Jamie) Munro rjmunro at arjam.net
Thu Oct 30 15:09:11 GMT 2008


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Ben Supnik wrote:
> Hi Y'all,
> 
> 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.
> 
> - Is this an appropriate idea?

Absolutely. Please use OSM for this kind of thing.

> - Is there a process for proposing/validating a schema?

There is a system of proposing tags and voting etc. based on the wiki,
but some prominent members of the community refuse to respect it and
just tag what they feel like :-).


It the past, there has been some use of OSM data in FlightGear.
http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/index.php/Neat_Stuff#OSM_Data_in_a_Flight_Simulation

There's some more stuff in this search, quite a bit of it mentions
X-Plane as well:
http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=site%3Aopenstreetmap.org+flightgear

Robert (Jamie) Munro

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