[Imports] Northern Zambia data import

Elliott Plack elliott.plack at gmail.com
Mon Oct 12 01:11:17 UTC 2015


As I said on Twitter, this looks great. I looked at the data on OSM and it
is amazing how little detail there is on the map now! Here's a screenshot
of how the data looks in JOSM with Mapnik as a base layer. That's

[image: Screen Shot 2015-10-11 at 9.04.11 PM.png]
Also attached are a few wider screenshots with a before / after view.

I'm a proponent of building imports because, as a human geographer, they
show me (and other geographers) how people are using the earth. Taking a
look at some of these screenshots I can see where there probably are roads
that are not yet in OSM, and where things like farms and parks could be
(where there are no buildings).

I ran the JOSM validator and there are a lot of errors and warnings I'd
recommend addressing before running the final import. Some of them can be
fixed by JOSM In one click but the building inside building ones are not as
easy to fix. Perhaps you'll want to look at the source of those errors.

All in all, looks great! Keep up the good work.


On Thu, Oct 8, 2015 at 9:52 AM Lauren Jacobson <lauren at developmentseed.org>

> Hi everyone,
> I want to introduce myself and propose a new import in northern Zambia to
> the mailing list, and open up it up for feedback. My name is Lauren
> Jacobson and I am a Developer at Development Seed in Washington, DC. We
> just posted this proposal and plan in the Africa listserv and are cross
> posting it here for additional input.
> Over the past couple of years, Akros Global Health collected the locations
> of over 268,000 buildings in Zambia through their mSpray indoor malaria
> prevention program. We at Development Seed have been working with Akros and
> USAID to process the data, and prepare it for import into OSM. This import
> will add a significant amount of data to OSM in northern Zambia.
> We've done the initial work to prep the data, check with existing data in
> OSM, and outline our workflow for how we'll conduct the import. Until now
> we've been working with the small group of collaborators at Akros, USAID,
> Ona, and Development Seed. We want circulate the proposal and plan to get
> additional feedback before we conduct the import.
> *Import Plan*
> The plan is to have the import conducted by the Development Seed team. We
> identified no overlaps with existing buildings or roads in OSM and plan to
> conduct the import via JOSM. Our full plan is outlined in the wiki.
>   - Proposal and plan:
> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Northern_Zambia_Buildings_Import
>   - Issues, code, and data:
> https://github.com/developmentseed/zambia-buildings-import
> We would appreciate any feedback before we conduct the import. Please feel
> free to contact me or open an issue on Github if you have any questions.
> Best,
> Lauren
> --
> Lauren Jacobson
> Development Seed
> @lauren_cjay
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