[Imports] Guidelines for regular importers of third-party data?

Jo winfixit at gmail.com
Tue Aug 25 07:40:50 UTC 2015

I think we should be glad to have such companies improve our database. I've
been considering to offer such services myself, although I would have only
proposed to keep their data current on OSM, which is probably not enough as
a service.

If they do it wrongly, we should act, but if they follow the rules we all
abide to, I don't see the problem.

This data may even be of higher quality than what surveing mappers can
achieve, as one could expect that they'll update when something changes
(like opening hours).


2015-08-25 9:31 GMT+02:00 Andrew Guertin <andrew.guertin at uvm.edu>:

> I noticed a problematic undiscussed import in my area recently*, and a
> little research based off the user name showed that the account likely
> belongs to a company that manages online presences for their clients: a
> "pay us and we'll make sure you're listed in all sorts of places online"
> sort of deal.
> Hypothetically, a company like this could be doing a number of small-scale
> imports every day. Parts of our import guidelines don't seem like they
> would work very well for this scenario.
> Specifically, posting to this list for each and every customer's data
> seems like it would stop serving much purpose after a while, and waiting
> for community review when you've done scores of similar imports would be
> quite grating. And the value of a wiki page for a few hundred nodes of a
> small chain seems minimal.
> At the same time, everyone should of course follow the rules of don't
> duplicate data, use the right tags, etc. And there's value in making sure
> someone knows what they're doing before they start making lots of imports.
> So the question is, should we create separate guidelines for people who
> perform imports regularly, and if so, what should they be?
> --Andrew
> * Changeset 33551525, importing 116 locations for a regional waste
> disposal company, using tags like "Address Line 1" instead of addr:*, "Main
> Phone" instead of phone, etc. I will follow up with a changeset comment.
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