[Loadstone] OpenStreetMap converter

monty at loadstone-gps.com monty at loadstone-gps.com
Tue Aug 12 09:33:24 BST 2008

Hi Robert,

Since we're all about sharing and openness we're always interested in ways 
of working better with other projects and figuring out ways to better the 
common cause.

In my mind Loadstone (and it's PointShare Exchange) use a subset of data 
which differs from the objective or type of data the OSM project uses.  An 
example is the nature of the GPX files containing user defined road 
segmented data where as Loadstone/PSE uses Point of Interest data.  (a 
specific reference point).  In some cases we've managed to perform 
calculations on road map data to produce interesections in the form of 
Points of Interest.  (Northern North America).  This is not to say that 
each project's data can't complement the other and we are currently 
looking into generating intersection points from the OSM data.

Another reason that may make adding Loadstone/PSE data to the OSM database 
a bit tricky is the licencing issues around some of the datasets Loadstone 
uses.  I'm not saying the agreements do not jive (I've not looked at the 
OSM terms) but I'm saying one would have to be careful.

At the end of the day there's nothing stopping anyone from taking 
Loadstone/PSE data and importing anywhere they want to!

Best regards,

On Mon, 11 Aug 2008, Robert (Jamie) Munro wrote:

> Please consider doing the opposite - making pointshare data available in
> OSM. If pointshare data were available for download, rather than
> protected by a registration and username / password system, I would have
> reccomended OSM people to have a look at it and add information already.
> It would be very silly to maintain 2 separate free-use on-line map
> databases in the long term.
> If you are worried that some features in pointshare are
> blind-people-only, there is plenty of scope to add tags to the OSM
> database to mark them as such.
> Robert (Jamie) Munro
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