[OSM-talk] Zero tolerance on imports

Tanveer Singh tanveer1979 at gmail.com
Mon Feb 21 09:28:11 GMT 2011

On Mon, Feb 21, 2011 at 2:29 PM, Thomas Davie <tom.davie at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 21 Feb 2011, at 07:09, yvecai wrote:
> > IMO, 'imports' should be simply considered as datasources, not data.
> > We lack tools to properly use this data. Having great tools like for
> imagery or GPS tracks in the various editors, maybe with a copy/paste
> feature to import data semi-manually would be very valuable.
> > Then the 'import' job could just be to make the datasource easy to use to
> contributors.
> > A server to centralize this datasets could help for visibility.
> Just to throw another anecdote out there – I did look at OSM many years
> ago.  At the time I thought "pfffft, they haven't even got my country on the
> map, let alone the little town I'm in, there's no way this'll get anywhere".
>  A few years later I became a contributer because there was at least *some*
> data available that made the map useful – all I had to do was make it *more*
> useful.
> What I'm saying is that to me, no data was more of a turn off than some
> data.
> I'd suggest that instead of simply banning imports we need better tools for
> monitoring map quality and for showing users what our monitoring tool thinks
> of their area.  If we tell new users "hey, look at this bug list/source/date
> of origin overlay and see what you can add/change/delete/fix/..." rather
> than simply presenting them with a map that may or may not be correct we
> might get more communities spring up.
> Essentially – tell people what they can do to help more clearly!
> Bob
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India had very low coverage, and even now many areas lack coverage.
whenever I go to a new area and try mapping it, I see lot of roads where
there are no roads, infact there cannot be roads.
Just some junk data imported.
Its such a big mess, and often I have to do bulk deletes in remove areas.
Infact sometimes I refrain, because I cannot tell the actual good data from
junk data due to poor quality of satellite imagery.
I would not advocate "banning" imports, but restricting them is a very good
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