[HOT] Remote mapping tagging
severin.menard at gmail.com
Fri Sep 7 02:16:43 BST 2012
I would like to add MHO on this tagging thread. I also support the
highway=path vs highway=footway tag, as the latter seems less generic, more
like a sub-type of higghway=path related to a pedestrian use (see
http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:highway%3Dfootway) set that seems
complicated to. It is even
based on imagery and most of time is never officially set in the field by a
specific sign as it is on the map features example.
But actually a lot of mappers use it as a default, and I would like to know
when they use highway=path.
This tag is also specified in the Tracing guide for Gula/Lira TM jobs (
have some other comments regarding the tagging indcations:
- highway=track for both generic roads and dirt roads seems weird. I would
agree for a generic dirt roads but a generic road is generally tagged with
- main artery tagged by default with highway=tertiary. Basic default
highway classification should be more =unclassified. Does =tertiary have
been chosen because it is rendered in a really more visible way than
- leisure=common might be interesting but its status is still undefined (
http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Leisure%3Dcommon). Taginfo shows it is
used (http://taginfo.openstreetmap.org/search?q=leisure%3Dcommon) but it is
far (http://taginfo.openstreetmap.org/search?q=area%3Dyes) from the very
generic area=yes tag (http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:area%3Dyes)
- for the natural cover, I would also add natural=scrub (
- think there is a typo for natural=treev
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> Date: Thu, 6 Sep 2012 23:42:44 +0200
> From: nicolas chavent <nicolas.chavent at gmail.com>
> To: Mike Dupont <jamesmikedupont at googlemail.com>
> Cc: william skora <skorasaurus at gmail.com>, hot at openstreetmap.org
> Subject: Re: [HOT] Senegal - Dakar Flooding Activation
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> Hey there-
> Back from Senegal a couple of days ago and will blog soon around the
> TechCamp, the flooding and the status of OSM there
> First thanks to all those who contributed to this response: the progresses
> of the map are important and your work had a strong impact down there
> amongst the TechCamp participants as well as among GISers I met from the
> UN, Gov Agency, Academics and Techs. Furthermore it fostered the
> remobilization of the nascent Senegalese OSM community by heating things
> A few point on this tagging thread.
> * highway values most likely to be used and fit for these areas of
> Dakar, I'd like to echo Will and others on *residential*, and strongly
> support Jaakko's views on *path *(vs footway) which seems well suited for
> the most narrow streets. I would refrain when mapping remotely to use
> living_street which calls for on-the-ground knowledge and de facto right of
> way between vehicle and pedestrians. This is a tag to better explain/
> portray and push to the mappers down there. More generally, with Jaakko,
> Brian and Sev we feel a need to better articulate guide on using highway
> values below tertiary in developing countries.
> * surface values: I would use from the imagery *paved/unpaved*, a great
> deal of unpaved roads in Pikine and Guediawaye are *sand*
> * On the squares/ piazzas, I feel like Harry and would refrain from tagging
> them leisure=*pitch/ playground* and/or *parking* since those uses are
> really changing over time in the course of the day. Those usages also apply
> to a good deal of streets where as a kid, I learned playing street soccer
> and hanged out for long hours in wedding/ funerals and later party. I would
> then stick to Harry's call: highway=pedestrian and area=yes + drawing roads
> (highway=residential) along the edges of the area
> * Flooding related tags. I like the work started by Stephane and think that
> it would be worth taking advantage of this flooding to solidify and
> generate consensus on the tags
> In the mapping party we held in Dakar last Saturday, we pushed forward the
> following tags to map on the ground the worst hit areas in the view of
> building a datasest of flood prone points.
> We will be waiting for satellite imagery processing to get the various
> extents (OCHA tasked UNOSAT to carry out such a work with imagery requested
> through the Charter)
> Again thanks.
> On Wed, Sep 5, 2012 at 10:13 PM, Mike Dupont <
> jamesmikedupont at googlemail.com
> > wrote:
> > Ok, we had had a good bootcamp so far, about 70 people, tomorrow we will
> > start working on sengal.
> > mike
> > On Wed, Sep 5, 2012 at 5:06 PM, william skora <skorasaurus at gmail.com
> >> Hi,
> >> Apologies for the delays. Here's some answers to a few questions.
> >> "In some cases of
> >> really narrow, hardly visible streets or deep inside a residential
> >> area I've used living_street because I assume pedestrians or children
> >> playing football use them more often than cars."
> >> Regarding the tags of ways, we've done a great job so far, given the
> >> ambiguity of the areas, osm tags, and current situation. As most of
> >> you have consistently tagged, a majority of the ways as
> >> highway=residential (which is appropriate, mostly houses are very
> >> small businesses, run out of the home or as a storefront).
> >> However, as discussed in the quoted portion and in this picture
> >> http://imgur.com/AuNTC - there are a few ways that are not very wide
> >> and deserve more consideration.
> >> I did a very rough measurement using the measurement plugin and bing
> >> imagery, the one in the examples are ~3.5 meters wide, just wide
> >> enough for a smaller car or typical taxi. In my experience in dakar
> >> for several months, some of these ways still have cars pass through
> >> them, although may or may not receive a little less traffic than
> >> other, wider streets that are marked as residential . However, there
> >> are also many ways, with different levels of visibility on bing
> >> imagery, that aren't wide enough for a car to go through, surrounded
> >> by residential buildings (likely the best tag for those,
> >> highway=footway. When I first started mapping dakar, I tagged the
> >> narrow ways as highway=service. In a few cases that I surveyed in
> >> person, I've tagged them as highway=footway. In summary, on the ground
> >> surveying would provide the context and information that the bing
> >> imagery can't provide so I'm not sure what tags would be most
> >> appropriate for these narrower ways without on the ground surveying. I
> >> hesistate to use highway=living_street
> >> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Living_street since there aren't
> >> (as far as I know) any traffic laws that categorize these narrower
> >> ways than from other residential ways.
> >> I spoke to one mapper on the ground in Dakar who told me the
> >> areas/ways that Harry mentioned in a conversation a couple days ago
> >> are used mostly by kids as play areas; so leisure=pitch ? or
> >> playground ? (although there's no equipment ?).
> >> Lastly, there are some areas that are more floodprone than others.
> >> Personally, I would hesistate for others to tag them ([based solely on
> >> bing imagery] and think this may be a job most appropriate to those
> >> who are on the ground or have been. What tags have been used ? Any
> >> recommended strategies ?
> >> Regards,
> >> will.
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