Cross-posting to CommonMap.org and to Koordinates.com since the source
data is definatly usefull to these collections.
I'm requesting a new data source be created for Finland data, and
anyone is welcome to be the data custodian for it.
> As I mentioned in my post in last December: National Land Survey of Finland
> (later on: NLSF) has open all their topographic datasets on 1st of May.
> We have had lively discussion here in Finland among OSM activists about
> these datasets. Mainly this discussion has been in encrypted mode (ie. in
> Finnish). So as non-Finnish-speaking persons it might be difficult to
> understand what's going on. Here short summary about discussion and current
> plan of plan:
> NLSF datasets are very good. Finland is very big country with very few
> people (338k km2 / 5.4m inhabitans, Germany: 357k km2 / 81.8M inhabitants).
> So it's obvious that we can get enough OSM mappers (No, we don't want
> Germans here!).
> NLSF data is collected wit tax payers money. Every OSM activist has already
> paid smaller or bigger amount of taxes, VAT is 23%. So, NLSF data is our
> DISCLAIMER: NO, WE ARE NOT PLANNING TO IMPORT NLSF DATA TO OSM! To be sure
> that everybody will understand: NO, WE ARE NOT PLANNING TO IMPORT NLSF DATA
> TO OSM! I hope everybody understood by message ;-)
> So, what's the plan? After several meetings, f2f discussion, forums and IRC
> chats, we have common understanding: we have to benefit NLSF data in our
> OpenStreetMap data collection. NLSF data is not perfect, in some areas OSM
> data is better. Thas's why NLSF is planning to use OSM as hint data source.
> - if NLSF feature is intersection OSM feature, OSM Feature will win
> - if OSM feature has worst data source (like Landsat waters, Corine
> Land Data Cover forests), it can be replaced by NLSF feature
> - NLSF data can be imported to OSM with semi-automated method: with
> human interaction. Like NLSF buildings has been exported to osm-file, user
> open file in JOSM and decide feature by feature what to do.
> - Automated imports are possible in the areas where we don't active
> OSM mappers
> - NLSF orthophotos and raster maps are used to background
> information to leverage OSM quality in various places.