[Imports] Import guidelines review

Jaak Laineste jaak at nutiteq.com
Wed Jun 6 09:24:23 UTC 2012


On 06.06.2012, at 12:09, Worst Fixer wrote:

> Hello.
> 
> Ich read current import guide lines. They are long. Hard to
> understand. Easy to ignore. Even established mappers some times fail
> following. Even when they want.
> Look: http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Import/Guidelines
> 
> I did a redraw of them. To make understanding easier.
> 
> http://www.openstreetmap.org/user/WorstFixer/diary/17025
> 
> Do you have any comments? What to add? What to remove?

1. I think that the discussion with community should be much earlier, probably right after you have found some data. Is it really useful data, if not then do not waste your time with all these technical preparations. With this flow you expect that there is default go-ahead for import, but every import should be well justified.

2. Also, please have two branches: one leads to "Upload to OSM" , and another "share data" as .osm files without uploading, so manual copypasting/merging can be done by community. IMHO this should be often default and preferred option.

3. I don't see the last step "fix/merge and maintain the data" over the coming years. This is 99% of the real work with the data and dismissing this brings in too easy decisions to do mass imports. If you upload something then this is your baby and you should be able to maintain it also, until it is able to live by itself (ie community has been really able to take it over).

Jaak





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