[Imports] [Imports-us] Automated Edit Proposal, remove area=yes, and fix broken source tag in US Massachusetts

Serge Wroclawski emacsen at gmail.com
Mon Aug 12 00:05:22 UTC 2013

Hi Jason,

Won't MA be getting address data soon (in the next 6 months)?

If so, I think that would be a great time to make those changes, when
adding address data.

But right now, I think the superfluous tags don't hurt anything, even
if they're annoying.

This is generally in line with the issues we had with TIGER tags, and
why we still haven't just gone ahead and removed all of the tags we
dislike, opting instead to wait until a change is made to them.

- Serge

On Sun, Aug 11, 2013 at 6:35 PM, Jason Remillard
<remillard.jason at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> In 2009 user crschmidt imported 290,000 buildings around Boston. An
> example changeset
> http://www.openstreetmap.org/browse/changeset/727013
> Three tags were used.
> building=yes
> area=yes
> source = MassGIS Buildings (http://www.mass.gov/mgis/lidarbuildingfp2d.htm)
> The proposal is to run an automated edit to remove the area=yes tag
> completely and to replace the source tag value with the official name
> of the data set used for the import: "MassGIS Data - Building
> Footprints (2-D, from 2002 LiDAR data)". The area tag is not needed
> anymore, and the source tag has a broken URL and is missing the data
> set name.
> The source code for the automated edit is here.
> https://github.com/jremillard/osm-import-toolkit/tree/master/examples/removeAreaFromBuilding
> The wik is here.
> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/MassGIS_Import_Tag_Cleanup_2013
> The changeset tags would be
> * comment = Remove redundant area tag and fix broken URL in source tag
> on imported buildings from 2009/2010.
> * source = MassGIS Data - Building Footprints (2-D, from 2002 LiDAR data)
> * bot=yes
> Many imports were done in Massachusetts around 2009/2010. If this
> works out, we would like to run other automated edits to cleanup other
> issues. This specific issue is not the worse problem, but was chosen
> for its simplicity.
> The software is new, and I am hoping to focus the review on it, rather
> than a tagging discussion.
> Thanks
> Jason
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