audioaddiction said: hi, I run yeahmaps and am a GIS tech for the city where I live and I wanted to know what you thought about "controlled" government data and it's relationship with open data (OSM & similar services). As the city's GIS department we obviously strive to make sure our data is the best available and would like the data we create to be mirrored on other applications, but there's no way to make sure every map service is right. Do you have any experience with this or know of articles discussing it?
Yes. In fact, I recently spoke/presented on that exact topic. I really think local government and OpenStreetMap use is an untapped resource.
You can really store tons of information in the OSM model, so it’s more of a duplication of what a city GIS would typically do…you dont wanna flood the OSM servers though constantly importing/exporting/serving that data out, so you would need to find that balance to mirror that data without duplication that effort…We’re really just scratching the surface on that in the US.
Thanks for the response!