Ok, maybe that title didnt translate well - its a paraphrase on a common lolcats saying. If you dont know about lolcats... OMG!
So, anyway... Im here, and I must say i'm impressed! I discovered OSM recently while looking for some Australian TIGER data... needless to say, I didnt find any, but OSM has pretty much what I need - now, if only I could figure out how to export it to a TIGER compatible shape file.... I'll work on that.
Meanwhile, Im going to update some missing stuff in my local area - taking it slowly at first, but hoping to build up steam as I go.
Looking at the map I had a brilliant idea for a web application that would basically do what I need that TIGER data for, all with a single click. There's another project for me to build. sigh I have too many already.
Basically the idea is to combine the map data for a selected area with SRTM data (Im guessing thats probably in there already, but if not - no biggie) and produce a custom file that can be loaded into a particular simulation to generate real-world terrain, with a map overlay that can be used as a template for adding the details on top of that. Sound familiar? Feel free to point me to any open source you may have come across that does something similar.
Ive still yet to get my head around rendering, so it may be a while before I get to that.