Openstreetmaps gets official support by the Israel government

Posted by Mr_Israel on 14 January 2011 in English (English)

The Israeli Openstreetmap (OSM) community worked ½ year with the Israel officials to get some kind of official license free data from the Government that can be imported to OSM without restriction.
Today we achieved the first goal and got the first official recourse.

The Israel Ministry of Interior provided an up-to-date (August 2010) rasterized image of the current administrative boundaries of the Israeli country. This is the first official data without restrictions that is provided to the OSM project from the State of Israel.

The high resolution image includes important data about the administrative borders and the districts, so it should be easy to trace the borders within the OSM tools. OSM Israel is currently evaluating a way to import / trace those data into OSM.

Members of the OSM Israel community will also present Openstreetmap to the government GIS forum in Israel expecting even more support by Israel’s officials in the future.

About Openstreetmaps in Israel:
Starting 2008 OSM in Israel included only some streets around Tel Aviv and some highways.
Starting 2009 you could already use Openstreetmap for orientation around the country.
In 2010 you could finally use Openstreetmap for navigation as all important connections between the cities where available.
Especially the Bing sat-images helped to push the amount of streets to a higher level and provided even more mappers that helped.

Location: Muslim Quarter, Old City, Jerusalem, Jerusalem District

Comment from Steven Pousty on 14 January 2011 at 21:37


Comment from Bennet Campoverde on 14 January 2011 at 22:32

Mazel Tov to the mappers of Israel

Comment from mikelmaron on 14 January 2011 at 22:59

Good stuff!

Comment from !i! on 15 January 2011 at 07:52

Good news! Feel free to add it to the news box on the wiki mainpage and create a wiki page describing this "import" :)

Comment from balrog-kun on 15 January 2011 at 16:39

Hi, there exist a couple of ways to automatically vectorise images if they have few colours and the projection is known. Do you have more details about the image?

Comment from Mr_Israel on 15 January 2011 at 18:51

Thanks for the great feedback. Please see the following thread in the OSM discussion board for more information on this topic:

Comment from Miguel Alejo on 17 January 2011 at 03:58

Congratulations from Chile!

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