One other thing to think about while others are discussing the
licensing topic: What is the quality of the buildings? Has that been
* Are they in the right place?
* Are they the right size?
* Are they squared off (rectangles)
* Are they aligned to each other and the road (not slightly mis-aligned)
* Are they current (not buildings which have been torn down or
* If there are attributes like "height" in your dataset, is that
I've not worked much on buildings, but probably others could add
comments about what are the criteria for "good buildings".
On 2018-03-06 11:05 AM, Rob Halko wrote:
The Region of Durham has recently purchased Building Footprints data
for the entire Region, and it is available as Open Data:
We would like to import these to Open Street Map to engage the
community and help improve the overall map. We are supporters of OSM
and wish to regularly partner in improving the data.
In particular, we are hosting a mapathon on March 29, which asks for
student input to add attributes to the buildings based on OSM
guidelines for the Building Canada 2020 project:
We have read your Import guidelines and are here to express our
interest in contributing our building data. The intention is not to
overwrite those buildings that the community has built, but bridge
the gap to include the rest of the 200,000+ buildings in Durham
(largely residential), which are missing from OSM.
Please let us know how we can contribute this valuable data on
behalf of the community.
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