[OSM-talk] Cyclone batters Cook Islands - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

jamesmikedupont at googlemail.com jamesmikedupont at googlemail.com
Thu Feb 11 12:04:45 GMT 2010

I don't see a point in importing that data either. I was just
collecting what I found and presenting it.

Useful data would be nice sat images...


On Thu, Feb 11, 2010 at 12:41 PM, Emilie Laffray
<emilie.laffray at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 11 February 2010 09:11, jamesmikedupont at googlemail.com
> <jamesmikedupont at googlemail.com> wrote:
>> Here is an interactive map:
>> http://dma.jrc.it/map/?application=GDACS&bbox=-172.5:-30.8:-152.5:-10.8
>> Here is the KML layer :
>> http://www.gdacs.org/xml/install_gdacs.kml
>> which is a reference to :
>> http://www.gdacs.org/map/kml.asp
>> can be converted to osm :
>> gpsbabel -i kml -f kml.asp  -o osm -F pat.osm
>> And the file looks like this:
>> http://img268.imageshack.us/i/screenshot3mt.png/
>> The osm file is here:
>> http://filebin.ca/uwvphw/pat.osm
> Hello,
> I don't want to pour on your enthusiasm but the KML data is not that useful
> in the first place (cyclone information). There is no point in rushing in
> importing data that we haven't at least evaluated a bit. It is not because
> it is technically feasible that it is reasonable to do so.
> Leaving an osm file available somewhere is just a potential disaster with
> people loading it without checking what the information is all about. We
> should not confuse urgency and rushing.
> Furthermore, even if the information was useful in OSM, it is not clear what
> the licence is in the first place.
> I am all for helping mapping areas that really need help, as Haiti has
> proved it (the work is absolutely wonderful). But, if we rush on the first
> data available, we will be offering a disservice in the end, with no use to
> anyone, since the work has been precipitated. We have to apply some
> judgement in the end in order to do a very good job.
> Emilie Laffray

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