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OpenStreetMap Seattle Message Board › Pre-Cowboy Operation suggestion

Pre-Cowboy Operation suggestion

Renton, WA
Post #: 9
Bureaucracy (sometimes moves slowly), but fortunately we live in an area where the local and state agencies are already favorable towards Open Data. My proposal is that we convene a sub-operation ("Roundup"?) in an effort to acquire the current road datasets from King County, City of Seattle, and State of Washington, etc.

Agreements would probably take longer than the month remaining until Operation Cowboy, but we probably could at least evaluate and rank the prospects of an exchange from the various municipalities and agencies, possibly even get a few "memos of understanding" from some of them and get a feel for how long it would take to finalize them. This would allow Operation Cowboy activities to focus on the remaining holes and uncooperative zones.

This would serve several goals:

1. If successful, the agreements would serve as use cases and legal blueprint for other U.S. locations, and make it considerable easier for other states and municipalities to engage with OSM. Nobody wants to be the first in the pool.
2. Interested parties would learn some of the IP, legal issues in and around open data.
3. Those of us interested could learn the bulk uploading and curating for transferring the data.

As much as I savor the prospect of poking sharp sticks into wet clay and baking it to clean up the Tiger data, IMHO the return on investment of that hand work would be better served focused on the fine grain detail of, for example, trails, bike ways, parks, etc. that makes OSM so cool. :-)

Thank you for your time and attention,

Michael Patrick
Chris B.
user 40546192
Seattle, WA
Post #: 1
We should be able to ask the different cities for their most recent data to import into OSM. I know that some of the cities would not have a problem giving us the data OSM needs, as the data is covered under the Freedom of Information Act. The only data that we would not be able to get in most cases would be the utilities infrastructure data and this is for security reasons. This is a good idea which would avoid duplication of data and improve data quality.

Chris Bonfiglio
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