[Talk-GB] Ordnance Survey

Phil Monger philm94 at gmail.com
Thu Apr 1 01:16:41 BST 2010


Hi Tom,

Not sure I agree that Streetview is 'horrible' - as a free base map it will
rival or beat any of the others I have seen. This is even more true for
rural areas.

I am aware most of the raster stuff got left out, but streetview *is* raster
- it says as much in the PDF.

What we would want to do, I think, is encourage people to rapidly trace this
to form a base map, then set upon the task of checking it for accuracy.
Secondly, adding to it all the great features that we know from OSM - with
the time burden or walking all the streets gone, that second part should
progress more rapidly.

Phil

On 1 April 2010 00:47, Tom Hughes <tom at compton.nu> wrote:

> On 01/04/10 00:06, Phil Monger wrote:
>
>  The streetview announcement is FANTASTIC news for OSM in the UK - as the
>> database is pretty much exactly what is being built - roads / streets /
>> names , etc.
>>
>
> StreetView is horrible - the vector data will be far more useful.
>
>
>  We can surely get this as a "backdrop" layer, like the Yahoo imagery?
>>
>
> I suspect that will be the best approach, yes. We'll probably want to wait
> for the Vector Map District release in May though as that will be a better
> data set than Meridian 2. Of course Boundary Line will also be useful for
> tracing and that should be available tomorrow.
>
> All this assume the license is OK of course, which we won't know until we
> see it.
>
>
>  A bulk import wouldn't be possible, as this is raster data. (Though the
>> rest of the datasets seem to have a vector element, borders ect)
>>
>
> It's not raster data. Almost all the raster data got left out.
>
>
>  Exciting times ... I'll finally have some backing for my small
>> Lincolnshire village without needing to go out and GPS trace the entire
>> place
>>
>
> If it's only a small village then surveying it wouldn't take long anyway
> ;-) Plus you'll get all sorts of detail that the OS mapping won't have.
>
> Tom
>
> --
> Tom Hughes (tom at compton.nu)
> http://compton.nu/
>
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