[Talk-us] TIGER fixup and mapping "more"

Evin Fairchild evindfair at gmail.com
Wed Jul 11 20:56:40 BST 2012

If people don't want to do the TIGER fixup all over again, they could import
the TIGER 2011 data which is of MUCH better quality than the TIGER data that
was originally imported into OSM (though not quite perfect).  In fact, I
sometimes use the TIGER data overlay to get the names of roads that have
been built recently after having traced them from the satellite image.  This
uploading of new TIGER 2011 data would be a much better use of peoples' time
than having to do the TIGER fixup all over again.  Just an idea...


-----Original Message-----
From: Richard Weait [mailto:richard at weait.com] 
Sent: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 8:19 AM
To: talk-us at openstreetmap.org
Subject: [Talk-us] TIGER fixup and mapping "more"

On Wed, Jul 11, 2012 at 10:20 AM, Kevin Kenny <kkenny2 at nycap.rr.com> wrote:

> I'd be fine with trying to clean up unedited TIGER - or even a 
> "horrible mess of half-deleted TIGER" - if the expectations of the 
> results weren't quite so daunting.
[ ... ]

Larger cleanups can be imposing at first glance.  Other mappers will
understand that a single mapper can't do everything at once, so you
shouldn't be criticized if you fix a few things but not others.

> How do other mappers deal with the perfectionism that pervades the 
> community?

"Treasure it"  :-)

Of course we may have as many different flavours of perfectionism as we have
mappers.  Some will have an unnatural interest in baseball diamonds and
others in bicycle amenities.  Each of those mappers might consider the home
range of the other to be "imperfect".  That diversity is a strength of OSM,

If you are finding it overwhelming to consider a large repair, start with a
few easy bits, or those bits that most-interest you. For example, if the
road network in your town is badly aligned, start perhaps with fixing just
the main street that bisects it.  Now, rather than one large problem, you
have two smaller problem areas, with a good baseline between.  Then perhaps
sub-divide it further into manageable bites.

Back before we had good aerial imagery in my area, it seems that new mappers
popped up and started contributing when a framework of arterial roads was
mapped.  Those provided a boundary of neighbourhoods for new mappers to
adopt and map.  Perhaps you'll see something similar.

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