[HOT] paths, tracks and unclassified in West Africa

Steve Bower steve at worldvista.net
Thu Jul 16 20:43:58 UTC 2015

One issue with using only a "verified" tag is that you would still have
different tag definitions for "rough/remote" mapping vs "detailed/verified"
mapping. That could be confusing. The current 24 "detailed" highway tags
[1] might distill down to about 5-8 "rough classification" tags, depending
on the country. (Though a "verified" tag could still be of use.)

[1] http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:highway


On Thu, Jul 16, 2015 at 2:42 PM, john whelan <jwhelan0112 at gmail.com> wrote:

> No, sounds too simple and sensible.
> Cheerio John
> On 16 July 2015 at 13:22, Tom Taylor <tom.taylor.stds at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Why not the source tag? If it indicates survey or local knowledge instead
>> of or as well as remote imagery, credibility is  improved.
>> Tom Taylor
>> On 16/07/2015 1:02 PM, john whelan wrote:
>>> I think a two tiered system would work well.  Officialverified=yes
>>> perhaps?  I don't think rendering is an issue.  Certainly I've seen JOSM
>>> used to render or view maps on a lap top for an area.  I was quite
>>> surprised but the person said an off line map was easily searchable and
>>> you could select and see all the tags.
>>> Cheerio John
>>> On 16 July 2015 at 11:13, Steve Bower <steve at worldvista.net
>>> <mailto:steve at worldvista.net>> wrote:
>>>     A fundamental problem is that the current road/path tagging scheme
>>>     does not distinguish between:
>>>        •"rough" tagging used for remote mapping during activations, and
>>>        •"detailed" tagging based on local knowledge.
>>>     Current tags are used for both, which leads to confusion since the
>>>     custom "activation" definition may differ somewhat from the
>>>     "permanent" definition. Also, there is future confusion since the
>>>     level of detail (local knowledge) is not recorded.
>>>     A 2-tier scheme could solve that, with separate tags for "rough"
>>>     tagging, and "detailed" tags based on local knowledge.
>>>     Another solution would be a separate tag recording the level of
>>>     certainty or verification, but a 2-tier scheme might be easier to
>>>     manage and to render.
>>>     ~~Steve
>>> ...
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