[Talk-GB] Surveying rural buildings

Nick nick at foresters.org
Fri Jul 24 09:38:41 UTC 2020

My thanks to Mateusz and Dave for their comments, which I would like to 
try to summarise as I see it:

  * the purpose of OSM mapping in the UK of rural buildings is primarily
    to provide a general location of properties i.e. accuracy and
    precision are unnecessary.
  * 'armchair' mapping therefore meets the needs, predominantly using
    aerial photos or other tools/data

If so, I guess I was missing the point as I kind of thought that in the 
future there might be the potential for collaboration with Ordnance 
Survey e.g. filling in the gaps with high quality surveys, sharing 
'other' data (based on local knowledge) that is not on OS maps etc.

I also thought that there might be scope for collaboration with 
construction developers - after all they do detailed surveys of their 
building sites which could be added to OSM. For some developers that 
would mean they could have free plans (site/location etc.) for their 
planning applications. The data  in turn could be of value to the Local 
Authorities e.g. creating UPRN and BLPU data - with a collaborative 
approach OSM 'volunteers' could also be checking data quality.

Hmm..  the potential for real collaboration between OSM 'volunteers', OS 
and other agencies strikes me as a possible win-win?.. but I suppose 
that is me going 'a step too far'

On 23/07/2020 10:55, Mateusz Konieczny via Talk-GB wrote:
> Jul 23, 2020, 11:49 by forums at david-woolley.me.uk:
>     On 23/07/2020 10:12, Nick wrote:
>         Do we actually know what the general public use OSM for?
>     My impression is that the target for a lot of the material in OSM
>     is professional users of maps, rather than the general public.
> I would say that most of use by general public is indirect - from 
> location
> maps in a bus, through maps on mapy.cz/Osmand/FB/Snapchat/Uber/Maps.me
> to indirectly benefiting from use of OSM data in various 
> plans/analysis/scientific research.
> I would say that direct use by general public is going to be fairly 
> rare, though still
> happening, like with nearly all resources.
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