Hello I'm looking for feedback/interest in a new open source software project idea. This project is intended to address the problem of systematically combining private geo-spatial datasets with OSM data. There can be overlap (in terms of objects) between the private geo-spatial datasets and with OSM and the project's goal is to de-duplicate and to merge all objects together to produce a new single, consistent, more complete dataset. The reason why this is needed is that organizations have private datasets that will take time/never be pushed into OSM. The thought is that if there was a platform that could facilitate this merge process then organizations could better make use of OSM and would also be in more of a position to contribute data back to OSM (the platform could output the resulting dataset as a series of changesets).
At a high level, the platform would provide an API to ingest datasets and an API to define the specification needed to define the target layer to do processing. This specification per layer would define: (1) how to extract the layer from OSM (2) how to do validation of the private datasets (3) how to do deduping (4) how to do the merge Note that the above elements of the specification are all user defined particularly note deduping and merge algorithm. They are user defined and defined per layer. There would be an output API where clients could extract the resulting combined dataset of a given layer. A concrete example use case would be combining the building footprints released by Microsoft with buildings in OSM. The output would be the deduped superset of the two. Would the OSM community be receptive to this sort of project and be open for collaboration? If this is not the proper forum to ask, please let me know where else I can go to ask. Thank you! Mike
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