[Imports] Importing Arkansas data

Toby Murray toby.murray at gmail.com
Wed May 18 04:37:22 UTC 2011

I thought this had been stopped and reverted?

I just found 44,000 empty nodes from this import still present in just
a tiny part of northwest Arkansas from this changeset (and possibly



On Mon, Apr 4, 2011 at 3:51 PM, Serge Wroclawski <emacsen at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Mon, Apr 4, 2011 at 7:12 PM, Michael Leibowitz
> <michael.leibowitz at intel.com> wrote:
>> I would posit that in the US, imports have been important.  However, they
>> have had problems as you pointed out previously.  Couldn't it be the case
>> that imports can be better prosecuted with better tools such that their
>> utility goes up and their source of problems goes down?  I think that's
>> really what I'd like to see.
> You and Josh can certainly argue that in a world where there were
> ultimately amazing tools to keep data in sync this way, we could use
> external data sources without problem.
> Rather than even go into the merits of this as an argument, I'll say
> "Okay, show me such a tool."
> I've been working on tools to make it easier for the OSM community to
> work with external datasets more easily because I think that in the
> US, where we don't have a strong community, such tools are necessary,
> but the flip side is that the US seems to be very tool centric in the
> sense that we believe that if we just had the right tool, all would be
> good.
> We can't begin to discuss that intelligently unless a tool existed.
> Since none does right now, I'd rather see us spend the limited
> resources we have on things which are accomplishable right now.
> Josh: Until a tool exists to do this synchronization, it's not a
> "merge"- it's an import.
> - Serge
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