[talk-au] Introducing myself and I have a question too

Ian Sergeant inas66+osm at gmail.com
Wed Aug 8 07:47:46 BST 2012


Hi Matthew,

On 8 August 2012 15:53, Matthew Landauer <matthew at openaustralia.org> wrote:


> I see that 2011 LGA boundary data is available on data.gov.au:
> http://data.gov.au/dataset/local-government-area-asgc-ed-2011/
>
> and according to this post
>
> http://blog.osmfoundation.org/2011/09/24/odbl-data-gov-au-permission-granted/
> data from data.gov.au can safely be included in OSM.
>
> Is this something that has already been done, or is already in progress?
>
>
It hasn't been done on an comprehensive scale, and I'm not aware of any
current plan to do this comprehensively.  But that doesn't mean it can't
happen.  We imported the 2006 ABS suburb data previously, and we need to
look at the lessons we learned from that.

But, just to clarify - why do _you_ want to see the LGA boundaries in
OSM?  After all, it is easy enough to convert the LGA boundary data to any
format you wish to, including OSM format, directly from the source.  You
could layer that on top of OSM data (or any other data) if you wished to.
You could update it every time the government updated it - something it is
quite difficult to do to data that is imported into the OSM database.

The only benefit I can see to you in having the data actually in the OSM
database is that you wish to edit it or combine it with other features?  Do
you?

Ian.
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