[talk-au] Suburb boundaries

Franc Carter franc.carter at gmail.com
Thu Feb 5 05:17:33 GMT 2009

I did some basic sanity checking in my quick script and there is a lot of
that are doubled up (i.e have the same lat/lon) which indicates that the
data does
form sensible/consistent boundaries.

My 'intuition' is that the shape=>boundary problem is solvable, I'll just
need to put
some thought in to it - actually as I write this, I think I know the
approach ;-)

Solving this will also help with one of the other issues that I came across,
which was
'curve simplification'. There are vast numbers of redundant points in many
of the boundaries
where they make no difference to the shape. However doing curve
simplification on closed
shapes with shared boundaries  results in different points being removed
from the two

Small samples sounds like a good first approach - I have lots of gps tracks
the area I live in that were taken with a roof mounted aerial, so I have a
high level of confidence in them


On Thu, Feb 5, 2009 at 4:02 PM, Darrin Smith <beldin at beldin.org> wrote:

> On Thu, 5 Feb 2009 15:52:43 +1100
> Franc Carter <franc.carter at gmail.com> wrote:
> > From a 'philosophical point of view', I tend to agree that suburbs
> > are made of
> > a set of boundaries between adjacent areas. This was not how I did it
> > in my first (very quick) attempt ;-(
> An advantage of having to sort out the legal issue means you get a bit
> of time to fiddle around trying out options before you get the full
> a-ok and import it ;)
> > The data is in shapefiles that define each suburb boundary
> > individually, so I'll have a think about how to extract out the
> > individual borders (suggestions
> > welcome)
> Hmm, so there's no real surety that 2 adjacent suburbs even share the
> same boundary? Perhaps then the single area option might have some
> merit from a 'getting the data in there' point of view.... or we write
> a convoluted script to correlate things...
> > One question about aligning them that springs to mind is 'what should
> > we align' - I wonder if the accuracy of the data is better than the
> > average accuracy
> > of a gps or yahoo imagery.
> That's a tricky question because it might be more 'accurate' because it
> might measure to an exact positional definition but is that useful or
> relevant to the OSM structure whereby a boundary down the middle of the
> road is more conceptually accurate....
> Guess we have to get a small sample of the data into a city somewhere
> where we have plenty of GPS as a trial run (once we have the full ok).
> and see how it correlates to reality.
> GPS + Yahoo never correlate enough (at least in SA) to make it possible
> for both to be relevant :)
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