[OSM-talk] Zero tolerance on imports

Tobias Knerr osm at tobias-knerr.de
Mon Feb 21 21:27:15 GMT 2011

On 21.02.2011 21:43, Nathan Edgars II wrote:
> Tordanik wrote:
>> The best way to achieve this, IMO, is to only execute mass edits and
>> imports in collaboration with a local community. This makes sure that
>> there is a sufficiently developed community of mappers "on the ground",
>> allows them to evaluate the data's quality beforehand, and makes it
>> likely that the data will be well integrated into the OSM database soon
>> after the import.
> Would you say the same about mapping in an area you're in on vacation? Or is
> it OK to dump incomplete data on an area with no local community as long as
> it's not an import?

The potential negative effects of manual edits by a foreign mapper are
nowhere close to those of imports. That's because ...

a) ... a visitor will use similar tools as future local mappers. Imports
are, in many ways, different from manual mapping.

b) ... the amount of data that a human will collect during the short
timespan of a vacation will usually not be beyond a future local
community's maintenance capability. Imports are able to generate a lot
more data than that.

Tobias Knerr

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