[Tagging] automated mapping (old topic: landuse=farmland and highway=track)

Mateusz Konieczny matkoniecz at gmail.com
Tue Jan 12 11:40:44 UTC 2016

On Tue, 12 Jan 2016 01:37:50 +0100
Martin Koppenhoefer <dieterdreist at gmail.com> wrote:

> sent from a phone
> > Am 12.01.2016 um 01:06 schrieb Dave Swarthout
> > <daveswarthout at gmail.com>:
> > 
> > Sometimes as I labor over doing these areas correctly I wonder if
> > someday it will all be made obsolete. I don't know when or if it
> > will happen but I have to think that some point in the future OSM
> > will employ aerial imagery as does Google. Then, instead of a
> > white, featureless background in areas no OSMer has "filled in"
> > we'll see the earth's surface as it really is with our routable
> > ways overlaid upon it.
> if routing is all you're interested in then: yes, if you want to do
> different things like analyzing particular situations or search for
> things then: no ;-) A lot of stuff will be recognizable
> automatically, maybe farmlands will, but a lot of other stuff will
> never be automatically become available from the air, e.g. names,
> shops, addresses, and lots more (maybe from streetview like photos it
> will be possible in the future to deduct a lot, right now it isn't or
> Google would do it ;-) ). Think Apple maps: they build automatically
> impressive realistic multi-level 3D-imagery, but without a data layer
> in the background that says what it IS that you see, their product
> wouldn't even be worth the name "map". With all the neuronal networks
> and stuff that are and that are to come, osm and the people that care
> for it will still remain a valuable source that cannot be replaced by
> algorithms in the midterm (never say never of course, maybe in the
> future there are robots walking around collecting data ;-) )

Google is using reCaptcha to get addresses from StreetView since at
least 2012 - see

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