[Imports] Import of addresses in Poland

Johan C osmned at gmail.com
Wed Feb 5 11:23:49 UTC 2014

+ 1 to Pieren. Open data isn' t a threat to OSM.

Op woensdag 5 februari 2014 heeft Pieren <pieren3 at gmail.com> het volgende
> On Wed, Feb 5, 2014 at 8:49 AM, Jaak Laineste (Nutiteq)
> <jaak at nutiteq.com> wrote:
>> Geonames.org could be good candidate. Yes, it is a lot of work, but
actually less than using OSM as repo for database merges; this is for sure
what OSM is not about.
> So, to summarise, you are writing in the "imports" OSM mailing list
> that you are against imports in OSM ;-)
> The question is more to know if address data is something valuable for
> OSM  or not. We could move it to a separate database as you suggest.
> We could also move building footprints, 3d modeling, in-house,
> coastlines, turn restrictions, landuse, etc into separate databases.
> Then each application could decide which datasets they need, merge
> them, check their consistency (e.g. the address corresponds to the
> place and street name, or landuse corresponds to the buildings) and,
> if they are lucky, at the end, everything will fit together. Of
> course, the community already answered to that question : it's much
> easier to do this merge and consistency check only once for all
> consumers in the same database. If someone find a mistake or something
> outdated, it is fixed once and for all consumers at the same time.
> The question about keeping the data up-to-date is a general challenge
> in OSM, not only for data imported. I found enough outdated shops or
> restaurants manually mapped to get that. When a country or a
> municipality is publishing and opening its address database, it's also
> not falling from the sky. This data is also the result of many
> contributors, skilled workers, collecting and keeping the data
> up-to-date (at least, trying to). If you ever mapped housenumbers
> manually, you would know how painful and slow this task is. To achieve
> this manually by communities survey, it would take decades for OSM. If
> addresses are released in open licences by public authorities, it
> would be foolish to not take this opportunity to considerably speed-up
> the task.
> Pieren
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