[OSM-talk] Addresses are a tiny fraction of what we do (was: The world’s best addressable map)

Paweł Paprota ppawel at fastmail.fm
Fri Oct 24 10:48:53 UTC 2014


> 
> OSM is not a melting pot for the world's open data and while there is a
> place for imports, every import will have to be carefully thought about
> and evaluated. Streamlining that process is not necessarily in the best
> interest of OpenStreetMap.
> 

What do you mean? Clearly it *is* in the interest of OSM unless you have
a very different definition of OSM. In some areas of the map you would
not see most of the data (or any data, really) were it not for imports.
Nearby my home area Czech community did an awesome import of addresses
and buildings. Now compare it with the Polish side:

http://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=16/49.8719/18.5786

What is your vision for this specific area if there was no
building/address import? Do you expect that in 1 or 5 or 10 years you
would have the same level of coverage by local mappers?

Regarding streamlining and imports in general - to be honest I don't see
much point in the current (quite complex and lenghty) process for
analyzing and blessing the "good" imports. Instead of putting up more
walls between data and OSM the project should heavily invest in official
backend (as in - *built-in into osm.org*) tools for detecting and
manging (e.g. reverting) changes to the database. At this point there
are tons of 3rd-party scripts but that will not scale and will lead to
more calls for "careful" imports and that will of course lead to more
barriers for people interested in importing data.

Paweł



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