[OSM-talk] An import in New Zealand, assistance requested

Oleksiy Muzalyev oleksiy.muzalyev at bluewin.ch
Wed Aug 16 13:25:43 UTC 2017

I would add - the objective problems. In the 20th century, when these 
legacy databases were created, there was no GPS, no satellite imagery as 
we know it.  Officials had to actually walk and use manual tools to map 
properties what is certainly prone to human errors. Databases themselves 
were unreliable, the data was often got corrupted or partially corrupted 
at the drop of a hat, the first versions of MySQL and PostgreSQL 
appeared by the end of 90s only.

Nowadays, when the e-commerce requires imagery processing on an 
industrial scale, a lot of automatic optical shape & patterns 
recognition software is being developed, because a product has to be 
extracted from a background to get a "flying on air" style. But in the 
product photography a photo-studio with the controlled conditions could 
be used, besides there are billions of new products each year, and this 
process will never end.

It is quite different with the Earth surface. We've got a finite amount 
of land to map. There will be no new land (neither on Earth nor on other 
planets, at least not in a foreseeable future). Besides new technologies 
arrive, like better satellite imagery quality, more GPS-style systems, 
affordable industrial grade RPAS, faster databases, better editing 
tools, better displays, etc.

There is place for legacy maps. I myself like to view historical maps, 
but I am not sure that it makes sense to import massively this 
historical data into the main OSM map.

Best regards,

On 8/16/2017 1:44 PM, john whelan wrote:
> ...There have been problems in the past with the data quality of 
> imports ...
> Cheerio John

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