[OSM-dev] Massive building import - thoughts

Robert (Jamie) Munro rjmunro at arjam.net
Mon Feb 9 13:37:07 GMT 2009

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sly (sylvain letuffe) wrote:
> Hi there,
> In france, next to the cadastre's agreement of using their data for OSM, we 
> might soon be able to import something like 60% of France's builings.
> The remaining question is : should we do it ?

IMHO, yes, absolutely. But start it slowly so that if there are problems
they can be noticed and corrected early on.

I would import all the data and make a map of progress and problem
areas. E.g. where it finds there are buildings already, tag the ones you
import with possible_building instead of building and add a FIXME tag,
then draw a map that highlights all the possible_buildings in red, like
the coastlines map does for bad coastlines. Then people can go and fix
them, e.g. taking the tagging of the original building and the outline
of the new import or vice versa.

Robert (Jamie) Munro
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