[OSM-dev] Fwd: GPX imports from Uber

Alex Barth alex at mapbox.com
Mon Jun 24 19:31:09 UTC 2013

Jed -

The simplest move is to open the data under a very permissive license
(ideally public domain, e. g. cc0) and provide it for download. This will
not guarantee any contributions but it's the first step to actually
enabling it. What about scrubbing all personal information from it and put
it up on your web site for download?

A next step could be to render a full tile set of this data for manual
contributions and cross checking from within editors like JOSM or iD.

>From there you can make it a research project :) If you're interested in
what information you can actually programmatically deduce from your probe
data, I recommend talking to some of the guys out there who're trying to do
the same: TeleNav, Skobbler would be some.


On Mon, Jun 24, 2013 at 2:12 PM, Jed Horne <jed at uber.com> wrote:

> I sent this to the imports list already and someone suggested I loop in
> dev.  Any advice is welcome!
> -Jed
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Jed Horne <jed at uber.com>
> Date: Thu, Jun 20, 2013 at 2:07 PM
> Subject: GPX imports from Uber
> To: imports at openstreetmap.org
> Hi,
> my name is Jed Horne and I am a data scientist with Uber (http://uber.com).
>  My company makes an iPhone app that allows users to make on-demand
> requests for taxis, luxury sedans, and other vehicles.  We currently
> operate in 25+ cities in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia.
> We have GPS traces going back about three years from our drivers, and I am
> interested in contributing back to the OSM community.  I was planning on
> writing a script to anonymize and clean up our traces and export as GPX
> files (per instructions here
> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Recording_GPS_tracks).  However, I am
> very new to OSM contributing and was wondering if there is a set of best
> practices (how much is too much data, how to snip trips for privacy, etc.)
> or if there is someone I could work with directly to ensure that the data I
> give you is both private (for us and our clients/drivers) and useful (to
> the community).
> Specifically, I'm interested in using these traces to identify where we
> might be missing small connector roads or other features that could improve
> the accuracy of routing built on OSRM.  Another potential application would
> be to help identify areas of bad traffic or help improve speed profile
> information - I realize this isn't something currently supported by OSM but
> to the extent our data are useful for new or experimental features or data
> sets I'd like to know how to help out.
> If anyone has direct experience in this area I'm open to thoughts and
> suggestions.  Also, if anyone knows people who I should contact it would be
> awesome if you could make an introduction.  We have a very large volume of
> data that I hope can significantly improve the quality of OSM.
> Best,
> Jed Horne
> Uber Technologies
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