Hi John, Thanks for the writeup. I think this is the first post that's made it fully clear what is going on. As I was re-reading the previous StatCan thread earlier today I seemed to be missing something - now I guess it was context available to those who attended in-person meetings. I don't think it was even clear to the list until now how much in-person community discussion has been happening.
Basically the issue is that all the online discussion about this looks to have been about the StatCan crowdsourcing half of the project and none at all about the building import half. I didn't pay too much attention to the original StatCan thread at the time because it so clearly sounded like a local mapping project with no large-scale import component. Unfortunately I no longer live in Ottawa and couldn't have made it to the meetings. However I lived there for many years, have done a lot of mapping there, and have a continued interest in the area. I would still like to see the the building import happen and even help out where I can. But I think it's important to do more planning and discussion on this list and the imports list, and to take things in smaller and more manageable chunks. I guess the next step would be to continue on a proper path to import the buildings per the guidelines per http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Import/Guidelines . This would include: - Wiki documentation of the where the data is, what it contains & its license / permissions - A plan to conflate with existing data - preserving history, keeping existing attributes, and merging addresses onto buildings where possible before the data is uploaded - A specific plan for uploading the data. Eg how the data will be divided up into chunks and step-by-step instructions for JOSM, etc. A task server was mentioned several times - who is running this and how can others participate? - A proper review on the imports mailing list I don't necessarily agree with every single rule in the import guidelines, but they are what the community has decided on and I think for the most part they help avoid the kinds of issues I had with deleted and duplicated data in Ottawa. -- AJ Ashton a...@ajashton.ca
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