[Talk-us] OSM Data Quality

Charlotte Wolter techlady at techlady.com
Fri May 31 23:09:43 UTC 2013


         We need:
         1. More people. A big part of the map is untouched. We could 
reach out more to the educational community to get middle-school and 
high-school students involved.
         2. Better training for people who are new to OSM. I think 
learnosm.org is very good. I'm a little apprehensive that iD is too 
geeky for people who are not coders.
         3. Clear priorities. If I've just joined OSM, and I'm rarin' 
to go, what should I do first? I don't mean that we should constrain 
people's creativity, but a little guidance would be helpful. Should 
they align streets, check street names, add all street lights? Find 
all turn restrictions in their area? What kinds of things would 
improve the quality of the data? I have no agenda here. I'm waiting 
to be guided, too.


At 01:28 PM 5/31/2013, you wrote:
>On 5/31/13 3:15 PM, Frederic Julien wrote:
>>Dear all,
>>I'm working on a presentation and interested to hear your thoughts. 
>>What are the top 2-3 changes that could improve OSM data quality? 
>>That could be processes, tools, methods, training, peer review, 
>>attributes, etc.
>at one level, i agree with Clifford Snow's comment that first you need
>to define data quality.
>at another level, i think that we can talk about the following:
>1) consistency in tagging. editor improvements, better documentation, better
>     training materials can all help with this
>2) improved processes and controls for data import (this is work 
>that is happening
>     on the US import committee). there are a lot of imports of the 
> past that suffer
>     from Quality Control issues, and lots of imports that never 
> should have been
>     done because of problems with the data quality.
>3) in the US (and you did ask on talk-us), identifying and dealing 
>with the shaky
>     Tiger data from the 2007 tiger import. some of this has been 
> done, but it's an
>     ongoing effort and is one of those things that is easier to say 
> than it is to do
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