[HOT] Northern Zambia data import to OSM

john whelan jwhelan0112 at gmail.com
Thu Oct 8 19:24:43 UTC 2015

A suggestion only would be to set up a set of tiles for this area as a HOT
task, mark all the tiles as done but leave them open for people to validate
with JOSM.  It would probably clean up a lot of existing OSM mapping in the
area and give you a higher quality map at the finish.

The suggestion would be more to verify existing mapping and catch the
glaring errors not to map bits that haven't been mapped already.  If its
done this way it will probably be a first for HOT but the validation is
much faster than new mapping.

It could also be done by loading up the entire area into JOSM hopefully its
not too big by one person and validating it that way which is an existing
technique so not so contentious.

Cheerio John

Cheerio John

On 8 October 2015 at 14:29, Lauren Jacobson <lauren at developmentseed.org>

> Hi everyone,
> I want to introduce myself and propose a new import in northern Zambia to the mailing list, and open up it up for feedback. My name is Lauren Jacobson and I am a Developer at Development Seed in Washington, DC. We have floated this out over the OSM Imports and OSM Talk-Africa listserv, but wanted to open the conversation to the HOT community.
> Over the past couple of years, Akros Global Health collected the locations of over 268,000 buildings in Zambia through their mSpray indoor malaria prevention program. We at Development Seed have been working with Akros and USAID to process the data, and prepare it for import into OSM. This import will add a significant amount of data to OSM in northern Zambia.
> We've done the initial work to prep the data, check with existing data in OSM, and outline our workflow for how we'll conduct the import. Until now we've been working with the small group of collaborators at Akros, USAID, Ona, and Development Seed. We want circulate the proposal and plan to get additional feedback before we conduct the import.
> *Import Plan*
> The plan is to have the import conducted by the Development Seed team. We identified no overlaps with existing buildings or roads in OSM and plan to conduct the import via JOSM. Our full plan is outlined in the wiki.
>   - Proposal and plan: https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Northern_Zambia_Buildings_Import
>   - Issues, code, and data: https://github.com/developmentseed/zambia-buildings-import
> We would appreciate any feedback before we conduct the import. Please feel free to contact me or open an issue on Github if you have any questions.
> Best,
> Lauren
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