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

Marc Gemis marc.gemis at gmail.com
Fri Oct 24 12:14:39 UTC 2014

> ? We'd still need to survey in order to do the maintenance work and
> correct errors. That's the main reason why imports are often seen as
> problematic: they will not create a comunity, rather there are indications
> that the growth of the comunity will slow down when everything looks
> "completed", and then you'll have the same errors in our db than all the
> other people that have imported from the official source, and no-one near
> to fix them or feeling "responsible" for it. If the amount of errors is
> significant, more data will actively draw people away (fixing bugs is less
> appealing to many mappers than setting the first foot steps on white map
> canvas).
I totally agree with you, But, I have the impression that people that do
the imports don't do them to create a community. they do it to have the
data in OSM.
I've read things like "we don't need to do updates, we can wait until the
imported source is updated, they have thousands of paid people to update
the data".

Pawel Paprota's reaction is along the same lines for me: "we could not have
accomplished this amount of data without an import." Again no focus on the
community or how the extra data is going to attract new mappers.

This is a different OSM than I have in mind.


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