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

Matthew Landauer matthew at openaustralia.org
Wed Aug 8 08:03:04 BST 2012

Hi Ian,

I want to see the LGA data in OSM because that will make it easy to
get the data into the mapit service that I mentioned and we want to
use mapit for the OpenAustralia Foundation.

As for "why not import the data directly into mapit?"

Well, we could of course but that would limit the reusability of the
work. OSM is an incredible resource and it would be great to be able
to contribute to that rather than taking a shortcut which would just
benefit our needs and not the greater good of the community.

As far as I understand the LGA boundaries totally fit within what OSM
should provide, doesn't it?

We've seen already a large duplication of effort (even in Australia)
on work to map locations to political and administrative boundaries
and we want to do our bit to help move things in the right direction.

I hope that vaguely answers your question!

All the best,

On Wed, Aug 8, 2012 at 4:47 PM, Ian Sergeant <inas66+osm at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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.

Dr Matthew Landauer
Director, OpenAustralia Foundation

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