[HOT] HOT] paths, tracks and unclassified in West Africa

john whelan jwhelan0112 at gmail.com
Tue Jul 14 22:02:40 UTC 2015

Do we follow the same standards in different places on different projects?
I deliberately did not mention Nepal and the built up areas are different.

Cheerio John

On 14 July 2015 at 17:38, Andrew Patterson <andrewvhp at gmail.com> wrote:

> Whilst I fully accept the concept of open debate in an attempt to reach a
> consensus, I do find the current discussion less than helpful, because of
> the range of definitions being thrown out, and the added geographic
> dimension to the definitions.  This is not helped by the variety in advise
> in the instructions for various tasks - ranging from "if in doubt mark it
> as a path, and this can be upgraded by someone on the ground" to much more
> specific instructions in the Nepalese instructions, for example.  But the
> type of terrain in which one might contemplate a 4 wheel drive in Africa is
> very different to that regularly used in Nepal.
> Surely if must be possible to come to a conclusion for a generic set of
> definitions.  I rather support John Whelan's breakdown, where he suggests
> that "if its to a small group of huts its probably a track, if
> its to narrow for a 4X4 and winds its a path, and if I can see two wheel
>> tracks then its a track unless its between two settlements of reasonable
> size then its unclassified
> ​"​
> .
> ​There was a huge correspondence in a similar vein during the early days
> of the Nepal disaster, which I found to be a real disincentive to
> contributing during the first couple of weeks, and I have only latterly
> started working on task.  There has also been an impressive and important
> Post Mortem exercise to improve things, and I would suggest that the size
> of the preset list is one area in which some serious pruning could be done
> with consequent increase in transparency to a new comer
> Andrew
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