[Talk-GB] UK Quarterly Projects

Brian Prangle bprangle at gmail.com
Sun Mar 13 17:31:41 UTC 2016


Hi everyone

Following the extraordinary success of the Schools project we need  to
decide how to proceed with the next quarter's project.

There is a view we shoud rollover the project for another quarter so as to
approach completion.

I favour rolling it into an ongoing UK national project (similar to the
Irish Townlands project), keeping the existing tools in place to monitor
progress. As a byproduct do a major revamp of the UK projects wiki page to
bring it up to date.

As for the subject for next quarter's project if we move the Schools
project to a national project and don't roll it over, a number of ideas
have been put forward:

1. Water: add sewage works, rivers,streams and ponds from OSSV, improve
lake outlines, improve alignments, separate natural and reservoir
tags,improve coastlines, add bridges or tunnels where waterways cross
highways and railways etc.
2. Healthcare: add hospitals, doctors, dentists, pharmacies. Or possibly
just add doctors which is a smaller target. I think national single Open
Data sources exist for all of these. It will need more surveying than
Schools (not visible on OSSV or aerial imagery)
3. Highway Maxheights, maxwidths, maxweights: various data sources exist
but I don't  think there's one national resource. Improving this data will
make our data more usable for routing. There is the possibility to involve
couriers, haulage companies etc either organisationally, or individual
drivers
4.There's also a suggestion to group-mentor a GSoC (Google Summer of Code)
project, which I believe doesn't fit well as a quarterly project, as it
won't involve a wide swathe of the community. We could explore it as an
additional project
5. And a light-hearted suggestion - map some monkey puzzle trees as
part of this
project <https://monkeypuzzletrees.wordpress.com/>

It might also be worth doing some kind of survey to see what motivated
participants in teh Schools project, what they liked, what they didn't
like, how we could improve, how they heard of the project (if indeed some
of the single editors were even aware they were being counted as part of a
project)

As ever: opinions and other suggestions welcome

Regards

Brian
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