[HOT] HOT #777 (East Cameroon) feature identification: residential or farmyard?

m902 m902.osm at gmail.com
Tue Dec 23 10:18:21 UTC 2014

Thanks for the comments. I agree that we can't be sure that these are 
just animal shelters and so best to tag them as residential until 
someone can check locally.
I'm tagging the tracks that link the groups of buildings with nearby 
settlements and anything that looks wide enough for a wheeled vehicle 
and ignoring the other paths.
Also tagging the woodland, since the tracks don't really make sense 
without that context..
All a bit tricky because of cloud cover!

On 23/12/2014 02:23, Blake Girardot wrote:
> I find the whole area to be remarkable and lovely in the aerial imagery.
> But specifically to althio's question about what makes someone think
> they are animal tracks: Animal tracks would not have been my first
> thought either, but once suggested I think some of the paths and
> tracks in the area started looking a lot like animal tracks to me too.
> Here is a really nice area right around those settlements that I think
> is covered in animal paths and tracks:
> https://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=17/4.41335/13.89073 (Mapbox
> imagery)
> There are what look like dozens of animal paths coming together to go
> into the trees on the west side of the area where I am guessing there
> is a watering hole, in addition to one well worn highway=track (maybe)
> going NE'ish.
> And 1.5km ESE of the that watering area are again, what look to me
> like dozens of animal paths going out to a grazing area. I would guess
> they are animal tracks because there are so many, jaggy little paths,
> mostly faint and they seem to just sort of go to nowhere, not crops or
> anything. But when the animal paths all converge, aside from the
> general "jaggedness" of the path they make and the nonsense layout,
> are almost indistinguishable from man made highway=track.
> It is a really interesting and educational area, thank you again for sharing it.
> On Sat, Dec 20, 2014 at 9:27 PM, althio forum <althio.forum at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi
>> It is interesting that you call them animal tracks. What are the hints to
>> take them as such? My first thoughts would have been: those are regular
>> tracks and paths used by walking humans, maybe animals and sometimes
>> vehicles.
>> In HOT context with remote mapping we are able to identify some agricultural
>> fields and tag them as landuse=farmland. When the area is extensive and we
>> can spot associated buildings we can occasionally tag the related buildings
>> as landuse=farmyard as you suggested.
>> At first sight the assembled buildings would be settlements in my mind so I
>> would tag landuse=residential. But I am very attentive to anything you could
>> add to identify this area as animal tracks and farmyard.
>> Is it easily possible to identify pasture/meadow from imagery ? For very
>> detailed rural mapping we could then tag this as landuse=farmland or even
>> landuse=meadow.
>> althio
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