[Imports-us] OSM US Import Document Draft

Carol Kraemer cakraemer at northrivergeographic.com
Mon Nov 4 00:40:31 UTC 2013

Serge et al,

Thank you for what you, Martijn and others are doing to create this message
to import contributors! I would like to share my changes and comments, but
thought having a place for viewing/contributing edits might be in order to
cut down on having to piecemeal various email responses together. I hope
you all won't mind that I placed an editable version of the doc along with
a public view-able version of both the edits and the original within Google

In order to edit or view/add comments, you must be a member of this *Google
Group: [OSM Import Docs Editors]*(
https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/osm-import-docs-editors). Just
request access and I'll add you to the group!

If you only want to view the document edits as they are being made, you can
view the published version of [Message to Importers - SWroclawski](

If you like, I would be happy to add Martijn's version in the same way.

Thank you again,

Carol Kraemer
North River Geographic Systems, Inc
404.431.0125 cakraemer at northrivergeographic.com

Carol Kraemer
North River Geographic Systems, Inc
404.431.0125 cakraemer at northrivergeographic.com

On Sun, Nov 3, 2013 at 2:41 PM, Serge Wroclawski <emacsen at gmail.com> wrote:

> All,
> At the last meeting, we discussed creating a page on the OSM US
> website about imports. The message for this page is that we welcome
> imports, but that before an import is done, the importer must do a lot
> of homework and be prepared for a long process.
> Martijn and I separately decided to take a crack at writing this. Here
> is my draft, and feel free to make comments.
> Are you interested in making an import in OpenStreetMap?
> ================================================
> OpenStreetMap contains mostly surveyed data but also contains some
> data that's been sourced from external sources. Unlike many other GIS
> databases, though, imported data cannot simply be dropped alongside
> existing OSM data. Instead, an import in OSM must be carefully
> cultivated and is generally a long term commitment.
> If you're interested in starting an import, you should consider
> joining the [OSM US Import
> Committee](https://lists.openstreetmap.org/listinfo/imports-us), a
> working group of the OpenStreetMap US chapter dedicated to import
> issues. This group has a mailing list and an informal meeting once
> every two weeks. For a more general discussion about imports, join the
> imports mailing list.
> Before you consider doing an import, here are some important questions
> to ask yourself:
> * __How experienced are you with OpenStreetMap?__ We generally don't
> recommend people import into OSM unless they have at least a year's
> worth of experience editing OSM.
> * __Is this a dataset that belongs in the OSM database?__ There are
> many datasets which are interesting or useful, but do not belong in
> the OSM main database. Instead, you may want to consider a mixin or
> other way of using OSM data alongside your dataset.
> * __Do you know license for the data you want to import?__ The OSM
> project is very strict with its data and licensing requirements, and
> any potential imported data needs to adhere to those strict standards.
> * __How will you handle data updates?__ As the data from the external
> source changes, how will you plan on keeping OSM up to date?
> * __How will you handle conflation issues?__ Your data cannot simply
> be placed on top of existing data, but instead, will need to be
> carefully conflated. Have you considered how that process would take
> place?
> * __How much time and energy are you willing to dedicate to this
> process?__ Most imports require months, if not longer to complete.
> This time includes planning, discussion, revision and the import
> processes itself. If you take on an import project, you will be
> responsible for overseeing its execution from start to finish.
> Lastly, read over the [OpenStreetMap Import
> Guidelines](http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Import/Guidelines).
> These govern the import process in OpenStreetMap, and not following
> them can result in your data being reverted, or your account being
> locked.
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