Another data set released by my local council contains the locations of all the street lights owned (or operated) by the council. Now I have no intention (or any desire) to import this data into OpenStreetMap. Is it any use in the open data context?
There are two obvious questions that can be asked using street light data:
Street lights are spaced at specific intervals according to the type of highway, it's width and the nature of the light source. This means that their accurate placement is determined by the council beforehand, all location data is to the nearest metre. Since most lights are situated immediately adjacent to the road carriageway they will be a short distance from the road centre line (say under 10 metres).
Via Cátedra Libre Open Gov (CLOG)