[Talk-GB] Adding a further 250, 000 UK roads quickly using a Bot?

Dair Grant dair at refnum.com
Thu Feb 3 12:10:24 GMT 2011

Ed Avis wrote:

> Lastly, I don't believe that adding data from external sources discourages
> contributors.  Quite the opposite.  It is a blank canvas that puts people off.
> The way to bring in contributors is to show a map with a few missing details
> that are so tempting to fix 'just one thing'...

Is there an example of a road import that has led to an increase in
contributors? I thought that in most cases it had the exact opposite effect.

IMO the blank canvas is what pulls people in: an area that's 90% already
there finds it harder to attract new mappers as it already "looks done"
(filling in all the footpaths, post boxes, pubs, etc, is something you tend
to do once you're already hooked).

Comparisons to a reference source like OS are still valuable, but more as a
way to prioritise mapping: a vague heatmap of patchy areas is more
motivating to me than than an exhaustive list of streets.

If you want a 1:1 copy of the OS data, why not just use the OS data?

dair at refnum.com              http://www.refnum.com/

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