[OSM-dev] Fwd: GPX imports from Uber

Jed Horne jed at uber.com
Mon Jun 24 22:23:20 UTC 2013


On Mon, Jun 24, 2013 at 12:31 PM, Alex Barth <alex at mapbox.com> wrote:

> 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.
> Alex
> 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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