[OSM-talk] Let's put more wikipedia-tags in OSM WAS Re: [OSM-dev] Some Questions about the Collaboration of OpenStreetMap and Wikipedia

andrzej zaborowski balrogg at gmail.com
Mon Feb 28 02:41:30 GMT 2011

On 25 February 2011 17:20, M∡rtin Koppenhoefer <dieterdreist en gmail.com> wrote:
> 2011/2/25 Zhijie Shen <zjshen14 en gmail.com>:
>> On Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 1:16 AM, M∡rtin Koppenhoefer
>> <dieterdreist en gmail.com> wrote:
>>> display them as an overlay. We cannot (AFAIK) import those coordinates
>>> into OSM because we believe that they were mainly created from
>>> Googlemaps hence constitute a derived database [1].
>> Yes, I agree the coordinates cannot be directly imported into OSM,
>> otherwise, some inconsistence issues may occur.
> Actually the problem is more of a legal nature. We can't import them,
> because their copyright is not compatible with our community
> guidelines.

It is also technical, I suspect the way such an import would work out
would be similar to the EPA hazards import (or whatever).  It would be
only discrete nodes and both the type of the POI and the name to give
it would be difficult to obtain automatically from a wikipedia page.
The precision of the coordinates in WP also depends a lot on the types
of objects.  Some types of "infoboxes" could probably be treated
programatically but not much more.


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