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Open-File Report 2011-1136

OpenStreetMap Collaborative Prototype, Phase One

By Eric B. Wolf, Greg D. Matthews, Kevin McNinch, and Barbara S. Poore

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Phase One of the OpenStreetMap Collaborative Prototype (OSMCP) attempts to determine if the open source software developed for the OpenStreetMap (OSM, can be used for data contributions and improvements that meet or exceed the requirements for integration into The National Map ( OpenStreetMap Collaborative Prototype Phase One focused on road data aggregated at the state level by the Kansas Data Access and Support Center (DASC). Road data from the DASC were loaded into a system hosted by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Geospatial Technical Operations Center (NGTOC) in Rolla, Missouri. U.S. Geological Survey editing specifications were developed by NGTOC personnel (J. Walters and G. Matthews, USGS, unpub. report, 2010). Interstate and U.S. Highways in the dataset were edited to the specifications by NGTOC personnel while State roads were edited by DASC personnel. Resulting data were successfully improved to meet standards for The National Map once the system and specifications were in place. The OSM software proved effective in providing a usable platform for collaborative data editing

First posted July 5, 2011

For additional information contact:

Center of Excellence for Geospatial Information Science (CEGIS)
Denver Federal Center
Box 25046, M.S. 510
Denver, CO 80225

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Suggested citation:

Wolf, E.B., Matthews, G.D., McNinch, K., and Poore, B.S., 2011, OpenStreetMap Collaborative Prototype, Phase 1: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2011–1136, 23 p.




Problem Statement

OSMCP Project Approach

Materials and Methods

Phase One OSMCP Data Results

Discussion and Future Direction



Appendix A: Tilecache.cfg

Appendix B: Potlatch Configuration

Appendix C: Overcoming OSM Data Import Problems – Negative IDs

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