[OSM-talk] Laser scanning (Video

Tom Carden tom at tom-carden.co.uk
Fri Mar 31 14:26:36 BST 2006

On 3/31/06, Daniel Haran <chebuctonian at gmail.com> wrote:
> Since we're talking about automatically acquiring and recognizing
> data, one thing I've wondered about is whether streets signs could be
> automatically "read"/parsed, along with house numbers and traffic
> signs. Does anyone here know if the technology is getting advanced
> enough?

This is something I'd like to try, but I reckon that 'mechanical turk'
approaches would be best - e.g. for the IoW I'd like to try using
Flickr with triple-tags which could be used to annotate OpenStreetMap.
 For instance if a photo is geotagged with geo:lat=y and geo:long=x
and streetnametagged with streetname=blah, then we could use this to
set the name of the nearest street segment in OpenStreetMap, within
some threshold (e.g. 10m).


There are plenty of edge cases where street signs aren't 100% accurate
for the actual name of the street though:



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