[Talk-us] suburban superblocks that nobody wants to survey
niceman at att.net
Thu Mar 15 13:27:03 GMT 2012
On 3/15/2012 8:52 AM, Hillsman, Edward wrote:
> In the interest of figuring out how to attract more people to participate in OSM, I'd like to see some more discussion of this. Is it generally true that people who work on OSM don't like to map subdivisions? And, if so, why? Because these are home to so many people in the US, it raises a question about the viability of strategies that suggest people start in OSM by mapping their own neighborhoods.
I don't know anything about this specifically. It's interesting that
not a single person in those 120 subdivisions was interested in mapping
their own subdivision. I have done some onsite surveys of smaller
subdivisions (100-400 homes), and can set this up with a camera, video
cam, and bike to collect quite a lot of information in a single visit,
and the end result is streets with lanes, speed limits, one ways, and
house numbers. In this area, since no one else is participating,
it's just a practical matter to create the base new subdivision
information from TIGER since the local governments don't freely give
this information. The only followup surveys are quick to clarify
obvious errors in the TIGER data.
The subdivision plat idea is new to me, but I'm not sure where I'd find
 It is notable that likely because of the Apple publicity spike, a
single new mapper popped up and added streets in his neighborhood and
did a quality job. If this was indeed because of the lure of the
'blank page', our license removal exercise will create many more blank
pages to test this theory with.
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