[Talk-us] OSM Data Quality

Kai Krueger kakrueger at gmail.com
Fri May 31 22:06:32 UTC 2013

Martijn van Exel-3 wrote
> As already noted, quality is in the eye of the beholder. 

Yes, quality lies in the eye of the beholder. Or perhaps better said in the
eye of the data consumer. Therefore the assessment of quality will depend on
the application and use case you have in mind.

I think OSM has enough "commercial" users by now to be able to get a decent
(subjective) overview of data quality without doing a scientific analysis of
data quality one self. Instead one can probably ask the various developers
of frequently used software based on OSM data, what the most common
complaints of their respective end users are about the data. That should
give a pretty decent overview of the data quality in practical terms and
where the OSM community could possibly best focus their efforts to improve
the quality of the data. Either through more mappers, or by quality control
tools and perhaps even bots.


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