[talk-au] Microsoft Australian building footprints

Simon Poole simon at poole.ch
Tue Oct 20 10:17:52 UTC 2020

Just as a comment: there is nothing so time consuming as fixing badly 
mapped buildings (essentially drawing them from scratch is nearly always 
faster), I would only import building outlines that are at a quality 
level that you would not want to change them except if the building 
itself has been modified.


PS: lives in an area which had 10s of 1000s of buildings mapped already 
in 2009 from mushy misaligned yahoo imagery.

Am 20.10.2020 um 11:12 schrieb Andrew Harvey:
> On Tue, 20 Oct 2020 at 18:39, Daniel O'Connor 
> <daniel.oconnor at gmail.com <mailto:daniel.oconnor at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     and after a bit of digging came across this ODBL data:
>     https://github.com/microsoft/AustraliaBuildingFootprints
>     <https://github.com/microsoft/AustraliaBuildingFootprints>
>     As fun as hand tracing data is; I'd be pretty keen to swap to
>     small scale imports of this, suburb by suburb in my area.
>     https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Microsoft_Building_Footprint_Data
>     <https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Microsoft_Building_Footprint_Data>
>     details the data in more general terms, and links to a few import
>     proposals.
>     Anyone feel like exploring and validating the quality of the data
>     in their areas?
> Thanks for posting, I didn't realise they had released something for 
> Australia. It says "The data will also be made available in Facebook 
> RapiD." but I couldn't see buildings come through only roads. RapiD 
> would probably be one of the easier options for bringing into OSM.
> Areas which are already well mapped building wise best to leave what's 
> there, and area where people are actively mapping with local knowledge 
> and survey's best to leave what's there, but for general areas with 
> almost no buildings mapped, I think it makes sense to manually import 
> this to provide a good base level of coverage.
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