When worlds collide: combining Ordnance Survey and Open Street Map data
Anand, Suchith and Morley, Jeremy and Jiang, Wenchao and Du, Heshan and Hart, Glen and Jackson, Mike (2010) When worlds collide: combining Ordnance Survey and Open Street Map data. In: AGI Geocommunity '10, 30 June 2010, London, UK.
The context of this paper is the progress of national and international spatial data infrastructures such as the UK Location Programme and INSPIRE, contrasted against crowd-sourced geospatial databases such as Open Street Map. While initiatives such as INSPIRE tend towards a top-down process of harmonised data models and services using ISO & OGC standards, the OSM approach is one of tagged data with attribute tags agreed through consensus, but a tag set that can change with time (with inherent related issues of data quality). There is a danger that should the more formal approaches simply ignore the crowd sourced initiatives then they will miss an opportunity to evolve to better meet growing demands for geographic information. In any case both formal and informal data will increasingly coexist begging the question of how an end user gains maximum benefit from both.
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