[OSM-talk] Facebook mapping highways using AI in collaboration with OpenStreetMap

Mark Wagner mark+osm at carnildo.com
Wed Jul 31 07:17:19 UTC 2019

On Mon, 29 Jul 2019 10:53:07 -0400
Yuri Astrakhan <yuriastrakhan at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Mon, Jul 29, 2019 at 6:19 AM Martin Koppenhoefer
> <dieterdreist at gmail.com> wrote:
> > speaking about risks, having an incomplete network of verified,
> > correct roads is probably more useful and less troublesome than an
> > "overcomplete" one which also contains non-existent roads (e.g.
> > waterways interpreted as roads) or shows connections that aren't
> > there in reality. 
> I think this position should be a bit more nuanced.  Taken to
> absurdity, OSM map with a one percent of roads is far worse than
> having 101% of the roads mapped with the help of AI with 1% of
> extras, because fixing that 1% is far less work than adding 99% by
> hand.  I'm sure we can find a good balance between both positions.

Having hiked in areas with 1% maps, and having hiked in areas with 101%
maps, I have to say that I prefer the 1% map.  With the 1% map, there's
at least no question that you're off the map and on your own for
route-finding.  With the 101% map, it's very easy to get in trouble
because the connecting trail you were counting on doesn't exist.


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