[talk-au] Suburb boundaries

Franc Carter franc.carter at gmail.com
Thu Feb 5 06:29:59 GMT 2009

The ideas I have been fiddling with over the last couple of hours actually
well for both the close-way and relation approach with just a small bit of
at the output stage. So I'm going to delay making a decision until more
and thought goes in to it.

The idea of chopping it up and making it available is a good one. I have the
sort of brain that can spot anomalies in large amounts of data so scanning
it all
seemed 'natural' to me(1) But you are right, that would be nowhere near


(1) I did actually notice that there are problems with islands that are in
the same
     suburb as part o the mainland


On Thu, Feb 5, 2009 at 4:59 PM, Jack Burton <jack at saosce.com.au> wrote:

> On Thu, 2009-02-05 at 14:26 +1100, Franc Carter wrote:
> > I just had a conversation with a really helpful person at the ABS.
> >
> > She indicated that the ABS is taking a view of the data that is very
> > similar/compatible with (at least my understanding) the view that
> > OpenStreetMap is taking towards the data.
> >
> > Specifically she indicated that the ABS was not specifically concerned
> > that attribution was done in a specific manner, just that the
> > attribution was able to be found. She will put something in an email
> > so that we have an official statement.
> >
> > So, it looks like we may well have a some valuable data to add, which
> > is good because I already spent a couple of hours working out hot to
> > import it ;-)
> That's great news!
> > There are two issues that I have come across with converting to osm:-
> >
> >    1. What way do we want to represent the data, e.g closed ways or
> > relations consisting of borders - something else ?
> Closed ways (areas) - as that's how ABS define them, so it will make
> merging updated ABS data into the OSM Australia dataset (each time ABS
> update their dataset, which is presumably quite regularly) significantly
> easier.
> >    2. The more technical problem that the boundaries are defined
> > fairly precisely (or more accurately there are lots of points defining
> > the boundaries). So the .osm file is very large - so eyeballing it in
> > josm is not going to work.
> > So I'm interested in people's suggestions of how we want to represent
> > the data and on methods we can use to sanity check the data before we
> > upload it.
> Might I suggest that trying to verify the entire set of Australian
> suburb boundaries by inspection would seem an impossible task anyway -
> wouldn't be able to "see the wood for the trees".
> For sanity checking purposes, why not split the generated OSM file up
> into a bunch of small, managable areas - then pick one you know really
> well and check it out in josm. If you're concerned that areas you don't
> know well might need checking too, perhaps put the whole lot on a
> webserver somewhere and ask on the list for other mappers to download &
> check out areas they know well too before doing the bulk upload to OSM?
> Regards,
> Jack.

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