[Talk-us] Brainstorming an Import Tool

Ian Dees ian.dees at gmail.com
Tue Aug 17 16:42:06 BST 2010

On Tue, Aug 17, 2010 at 10:31 AM, Joe Woycke <woycke at gmail.com> wrote:

> [...] if osm chooses to exclude the local govt and refuse their data they
> will lose out on a rich data source that is better than the tiger data that
> osm currently uses as its base data.

Again, no one is suggesting that we refuse data outright. In fact the whole
point of this thread was to figure out ways to make it work. In fact, there
is no way for us to refuse any data. We can ban a user if we suspect
copyright infringement, but if someone is hell-bent on importing data they
can just do it.

The question is if it's the right thing to do for OSM. That (and how we can
make it work) are what we're discussing.

> at the very least, i think that we need to find a way for local govt to
> replace the tiger data with their data.  that will still present some
> problems with connectivity and formatting but those should be doable.  i say
> this as both a local govt geographer and an osm enthusiast.

Yes, that's why I'm talking about an import tool. Such a tool would allow
you to gracefully replace existing Tiger data while keeping an eye out for
community contributions that may be better than any data that the government
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