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

Zhijie Shen zjshen14 at gmail.com
Mon Feb 28 03:20:16 GMT 2011

Hi Andrzej,

What is the EPA hazards import? I'm not aware of it. Would you please give a
brief introduction or link?

I've written an automatic Wikipedia entry crawler, using name and coordinate
to retrieve the appropriate entry (there often exists "coord" section in
"infobox" or stand-alone in a Wikipedia entry content). I've described it in
another thread:
http://www.mail-archive.com/dev@openstreetmap.org/msg14211.html. Or you can
check my Wiki page: http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/User:Zhijie_Shen.
Please have a look at it. I only use simple way to retrieve the Wikipedia
entries, but I believe there must be some more sophisticated information
retrieval methods.


On Mon, Feb 28, 2011 at 10:41 AM, andrzej zaborowski <balrogg at gmail.com>wrote:

> On 25 February 2011 17:20, M∡rtin Koppenhoefer <dieterdreist at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > 2011/2/25 Zhijie Shen <zjshen14 at gmail.com>:
> >> On Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 1:16 AM, M∡rtin Koppenhoefer
> >> <dieterdreist at 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.
> Cheers

Zhijie Shen
School of Computing
National University of Singapore
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