[Talk-us] Starting OSM Trail Map Initiative In US
gdt at ir.bbn.com
Sat Jul 21 00:02:39 BST 2012
Fred Gifford <fred.gifford at gmail.com> writes:
> I am starting the process of pulling together a group to focus on updating
> and expanding trail data in OSM. The initial focus would be in the US
> but we are hoping the model could expand to other areas as well.
You should first assess how things are; OSM trail data is generally
better than most other maps .
> Initially the project would have two main focus areas –
> - Focused effort to gather public domain trail data and use it to
> update existing trail data in OSM through hybrid editing \ bulk upload
I am skeptical. I am in Massachusetts, which has good public state GIS
data, and there doesn't seem to be trail data. I think these data
sources should be used with human guidance.
> - Build a custom version of Potlatch focused on trail mapping
I really don't get this comment - what are you trying to do that is
currently awkward? I use JOSM for editing trails (to avoid bad karma
From nonportable and proprietary Flash), but I don't find trails to be
particularly special in terms of editor support.
Put another way, what do editors do or not do about trails that you want
> - Building trail mapping communities in the US.
Indeed, that is the key point. You might consider sending interns to
give presentations at conversation groups, etc. But that sounds a
little like Community Ambassadors :-)
> Here is where things get a little different than other similar efforts
> – I want much of the work to be done by paid interns and I want to
> fund it initially through Kickstarter and later though donations.
It's really hard to tell what your primary goals are and what decisions
are driven by those goals....
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