[OSM-talk] Where have all the contributors gone?

Claudius Henrichs claudius.h at gmx.de
Thu Jan 1 16:17:35 GMT 2009

Am 31.12.2008 07:49, Kenneth Gonsalves:
> On Wednesday 31 Dec 2008 12:02:01 pm brendan barrett wrote:
>> On Wed, Dec 31, 2008 at 7:52 AM, Tanveer Singh<tanveer1979 at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>>>> what is sad about it? In India only the very big cities have yahoo
>>>> imagery - and work is going on fairly well there. The rest of the
>>>> country is a big blank, and GPS instruments are not all that affordable.
>>>> As the price falls, things will improve.
>> "and work is going on fairly well there"
>> I wonder who decides what the correct "pace" is?
> all I can say is that it is much faster than last year and not as fast as next
> year ;-)
>> If it were up to me
>> i'd like the whole world mapped at street level yesterday. I'd prefer
>> to accelerate the process as much as possible so that we can start
>> mapping other things... or better yet, help out in other useful
>> related projects. I'm never one to be satisfied with the way things
>> are, and hence hold back. The sooner everything that's in Yahoo
>> imagery is mapped, the sooner we can put that behind us and move to
>> the next step (focusing on rural data perhaps? - not that is has to be
>> done separately:P).
> there is a guy in Germany who has been tracing a lot of Indian cities -
> although I am a bit ambivalent about the results. Sure, the roads *are* being
> traced, but without names and also with guesses as to the road type. I
> sometimes wonder whether it is easier to delete and remap this than to
> correct what is done. I feel it is better to stick to mapping rivers, lakes
> and other features than to map roads without being familiar with the area.

I am a "guy in Germany" who mapped some cities in *Iran* (Mashhad [1], 
some major streets of Bandar Abbas + complete island of Hormuz [2], 
major streets in Shiraz [3]). I had the help of some locals who supplied 
some names for places and streets. I guessed the initial street 
categories from the satellite imagery which worked quite well. Mapping 
the road network layout even without categories and names takes about 
70% of the work of capturing the streets in my opinion as adding names, 
categories and restrictions is lot less time-intensive once you have the 
ways already.

Happy tracing...  Don't forget about northern asian countries like 
Casachstan, Usbekistan, Turkmenistan... They have hi-res Yahoo coverage 
as well.



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