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Vancouver WA

Posted by Dion Dock on 22 October 2010 in English (English)

I've been plugging away at improving the roads in Vancouver Washington. First, I'm surprised at how big that area is. Second, I find a lot of the TIGER data is "off by one" or shifted/compressed compared to the aerial imagery.

I've found the combination of NAIP imagery and JOSM works quite well for this. JOSM lets me select several point for moving which is way more efficient than Potlatch. The detailed Yahoo! imagery is the best, but it's old and the level of detail drops off a lot outside the big cities.

Comment from Peter Dobratz on 22 October 2010 at 14:35

You can also try USGS imagery (public domain). Enter the following service URL in the JOSM WMS plugin configuration:

http://imsortho.cr.usgs.gov:80/wmsconnector/com.esri.wms.Esrimap/USGS_EDC_Ortho_Washington?

It often has greater detail than Yahoo and NAIP (though it may be a few years old as well).

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Comment from Paul Johnson on 25 November 2010 at 20:15

The City of Fort Vancouver has no urban growth boundary, so despite having a population roughly the size of Beaverton, it sprawls on and on like Tulsa. I just plain don't have anything nice to say about the abysmal quality of TIGER. For most of the country, it seems like we would have been better off NOT importing TIGER.

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