[Talk-us] Available Building Footprints

Clifford Snow clifford at snowandsnow.us
Tue Mar 28 20:13:46 UTC 2017

On Tue, Mar 28, 2017 at 11:30 AM, Kevin Kenny <kevin.b.kenny+osm at gmail.com>

> As long as the Wiki page is merely identifying this as a potential
> project that someone might sign up for someday, thatÅ› fine. As it
> stands, it is incoherent as a project proposal.

The wiki page was never intended to be a import proposal. It is only access
to the data, much like other data that can be found on

My hope is that users find the data interesting and use it to build and
grow their communities. Not only is the data useful in OSM, it can be used
to help other community members learn the policies, tools and techniques to
import data properly into OSM, in a way that improves the map. There are
even some smaller towns that could be import by a single individual.
Certainly not California!

The import guidelines are pretty easy to follow and should be followed.
There are a great number of tools that can be used to extract smaller
chunks of data such as QGIS and PostGIS as well as python scripts from
other imports, like the LA address and building import. The US Tasking
Manager is a great tool to use to 1) work small chunks at a time by people
with training in how to use JOSM and OSM and 2) a built in validation layer
for more experienced mappers to review the work.


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