Michael, On 01.05.19 22:22, HWANG, MICHAEL (MICHAEL) wrote: > 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.
It is important to take a moment to look at the reasons here: * Some datasets might be theoretically suitable for inclusion in OSM, but the person or organisation using them doesn't have the patience or resources to commit to a proper import process. * Some datasets might be of insufficient quality for inclusion in OSM, but the quality might be sufficient for a particular use case. * Some datasets might be outright wrong - e.g. a politically defined "official" set of boundaries that needs to be used to publish maps in a country but is useless for all other purposes. * Some datasets might be confidential or copyrighted and therefore not suitable for contributing to OSM. If there was a platform that allowed people to mix such data with OSM at on the data user side, that would be a huge relief for OSM because it would stop people from pushing low-quality data into OSM "just to make nice maps" or "just to have the hospitals on their Garmin maps" or so - they could mix-in questionable data with your toolchain. Even better if the platform were public in a way that would allow people to mix-in data provided by others, e.g. someone could at the push of a button choose to have built-up areas from naturalearthdata.com in their maps or so. Lots of technical challenges, of course. In some of the cases above there might also be license challenges; mixing your own restaurant data with OSM's and de-duplicating and generating a "new and better" data set would likely, if you publicly use that, lead to it having to be published under ODbL so the "confidential/copyrighted" use cases would have to be carefully checked. > 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. It is hard to ask "the OSM community" for anything but I guess here's as good as anywhere. Bye Frederik -- Frederik Ramm ## eMail frede...@remote.org ## N49°00'09" E008°23'33" _______________________________________________ dev mailing list firstname.lastname@example.org https://lists.openstreetmap.org/listinfo/dev