[Talk-us] tiff, dwg and nad83

Nathan Edgars II neroute2 at gmail.com
Tue Apr 17 00:19:36 BST 2012

On 4/16/2012 7:05 PM, James Umbanhowar wrote:
>> Imported data turns down potential new mappers.
> Being a reformed importer, I generally agree with the don't import rule.
> However, I have often heard this nugget and in my experience it is based on
> either anecdote or one set of simulations that assumed that individuals stop
> joining because they view the map as complete.
> Is there any good evidence that this is the case?
> I count myself as anecdotal evidence on the other side that if there had been
> no Tiger data I would have never joined the project.

Same here. I don't have a GPS receiver, and most likely would not have 
joined without TIGER. So if you dislike my edits, oppose imports :)

And remember, importers, Frederik is not the final word on these 
matters. If the data is good quality, go for it, even if some imaginary 
'local community' that doesn't exist yet and may never exist might 
Monday-morning quarterback it.

Disclaimer: I've done some imports, including:
A bit of TIGER 2010 (?) to replace imprecise old TIGER
Maxspeeds on Florida state roads (by hand, onto already-mapped roads)
Local city limits to replace horribly imprecise TIGER: 
Boundaries of the Ocala National Forest: 

All of these improved the map/data. Any suggestion that we make people 
jump through hoops to import should be ignored (as should any 
MMORPG-style proposals on the other side).

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