I’d import it if I could be bothered fighting the technical challenges. The main problem is not the pain of converting the shapefile to something OSM understands, but avoiding duplication given the granularity of modelling in both datasets.
Instead, I’m spending a little time using OSM Inspector to find clusters of unnamed roads and fixing them by hand.
I’m doing this by:
- Using QGIS (sudo apt-get install qgis)
- Loading the shapefiles provided
- Changing the rendering to show the road name as a label
- Manually inspecting the shapefile to discover street name + type (it also contains surface, width, etc info)
- Correcting OSM
It’d be nice to evolve this from manual processes into a few automated sanity checks (find a list of all unnamed ways, find the corresponding candidates from the shape file, present to a user), and in the other direction provide the dataset providers a GeoRSS feed of new changes - particularly if people map into new areas; where for example OpenStreetMap currently has the most detailed maps of the St Clair Redevelopment.
If you want to lend a hand, or shepard the import of suburb boundaries through the import process, please reach out :)