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Kick off the NYC Building and Address Import

  • Oct 12, 2013 · 1:00 PM
  • Pfizer Building

Come out for a community session importing New York City DoITT building and address data into OpenStreetMap.

This is going to be hands-on session where we will crack open JOSM and improve various New York City neighborhoods with DoITT data. The goal is to improve data where possible, keep existing data where more accurate, and ultimately, cover all of New York City with top notch building and address data.

Detailed directions: Please note, this is a giant factory building, and the pedestrian entrance is not on Flushing -- turn down Tompkins Ave and enter from the parking lot in the back. There will be a lobby guard, explain you are here for an OpenStreetMap event, and ask to be pointed down the hall to the elevators/stairs. Go to the 2nd floor, turn right/south and enter the vintage 80's cafeteria. 

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  • Alex B.

    Hello everyone -

    After fixing a series of issues with the import [1] we've started to upload 7 days ago [2] and made some good progress so far.

    These fixes have led to a series of new upload rules [3]. None of them are hard but in its entirety it's easy to miss some of the finer points.

    To ensure anybody involved uploading has a good introduction into the new procedure, we have turned to require simple registration for the import by filing a Github issue on [1]. Once you registered your interest and we will reach out and give you an intro on all the ins and outs.

    I want to invite anyone interested in joining in on the effort. Again, please just file an issue on Github and we'll ping you back.

    Cheers and thanks -

    Alex

    [1] https://github.com/osmlab/nycbuildings/issues
    [2] https://lists.openstreetmap.org/pipermail/imports/2014-March/002989.html
    [3] https://github.com/osmlab/nycbuildings/wiki#import-procedure

    1 · March 13, 2014

  • Alex B.

    We're paused again on NYC building import. Found an issue with addresses on numbered streets that I'd like to fix before we restart https://github.com/osmlab/nycbuildings/issues/28 - expect an update here when we're good to go again.

    1 · November 26, 2013

  • Alex B.

    Issues with the building data have been addressed, we're restarting http://www.openstreetmap.org/user/lxbarth/diary/20418

    Sorry for the delay :)

    November 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It looks like this (https://github.com/osmlab/nycbuildings/issues/15) got resolved. Are we open to resume the importing?

    October 25, 2013

  • Chris M.

    How was the phone call last night? Did you find the answer to the address questions?

    October 15, 2013

    • Maxim R.

      Alex, so we still should hold off on importing data?

      October 15, 2013

    • Alex B.

      Yes. Sorry for the delay. Will update here when we're good to go again.

      October 15, 2013

  • Alex B.

    Here's a writeup from our Saturday session: http://www.openstreetmap.org/user/lxbarth/diary/20209

    October 15, 2013

  • Alex B.

    Note: please hold on importing until we resolve address formatting https://github.com/osmlab/nycbuildings/issues/15 i will report back here when we are good to go again and you will also see the notice on the tasking manager change: http://tasks.openstreetmap.us/job/2 - thanks!

    October 12, 2013

  • Alex B.

    Thank you everyone for coming out today!

    October 12, 2013

  • Alex B.

    Thank you everyone for coming out today!

    October 12, 2013

  • Serge

    For anyone who wants to learn about multipolygons:

    http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Multipolygon

    1 · October 12, 2013

    • Simon K.

      Thanks Serge. Is there additional information on how to create multipolygons with the iD editor?

      October 12, 2013

  • Simon K.

    Hey All, I'm very interested in coming and getting some hands-on, but something came up last minute. I look forward to seeing you next time!

    October 12, 2013

  • Louie

    I'm very interested in getting hands-on with OSM but most of my experience is with traditional GIS software. Would I still be able to help process the city's data? Should I install JOSM on my Win7 laptop beforehand?

    October 10, 2013

    • Serge

      Louie, yes, you should install Josm on your laptop. And while not strictly necessary, it would be helpful if you could read up a little on OSM, our data model, but also how we tag things. It might be worth while to look at some parts of NYC in Josm to see what things look like now. I suggest reading a bit on learnosm.org or if you're a video person, I have a series of videos on the OSM data model on https://www.youtube.co...­

      1 · October 10, 2013

  • fkh

    Wish I could attend... it's the same day as PlanningCamp in Oakland. Can I still get involved in importing some areas?

    October 5, 2013

    • Serge

      This will be a long project, of months at least.. I will be creating some introductory material to help mappers along, because even for folks who have used the tools before, getting all the details right is somewhat tricky. But I'd like to have at least one event every quarter, and we'll likely do more import related work during the winter when it's too cold to map outside comfortably.

      1 · October 5, 2013

    • Liz

      totally Frank! Can't imagine this import without you.

      October 10, 2013

  • adrienne

    Sorry I can't attend. Could you send out a summary of what gets done?

    October 9, 2013

    • Serge

      We will absolutely send a summary of what happens! We'll also have introductory material online, and we'll be having many of these events, because this is going to be a long process. Our goal is one year, so we'll be having events throughout in order to bring people to the process, or just to work on it together.

      October 9, 2013

  • Colin R.

    Doing the tough mudder in NJ so I will not be able to make it. If there are any questions about our (NYC DoITT) data, feel free to send me an email - [masked]. NYC addressing can be a real challenge. The data are littered with edge cases and oddities. Good luck.

    1 · October 9, 2013

    • Maxim R.

      That looks like a pretty involved process. Do we need to prepare anything beyond JOSM before coming?

      October 5, 2013

    • Serge

      Maxim, you're right that this will be a very involved process, and it will take a long time, I estimate that it will be a year, optimistically. But we'll have detailed instructions and have a system for organizing the effort, so all that you'll need is a web browser and Josm.

      October 5, 2013

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