[HOT] Malawi Floods - "residential areas" vs. individual buildings

Severin Menard severin.menard at gmail.com
Wed Mar 11 00:09:49 UTC 2015

Hi Kretzer,

I mapped this task and tried to put all the residential areas. When the
buildings are too much spread, I considered them as isolated buildings:
http://tasks.hotosm.org/project/907#task/36 I can add the link in the TM
Job instructions if you feel it is helpful for the other mappers.

I take the opportunity to thank you for your great contribution on this



On Tue, Mar 10, 2015 at 5:35 PM, Kretzer <kretzer at gmx.net> wrote:

> Hi,
> while mapping some rural areas in the lake region, I was often debating
> with myself when it makes sense to draw a "residential area" - there are
> many buildings thinly spread over a wide area that seems to be used for
> agriculture. Like here: http://osm.org/go/lsN196yb--?layers=H
> With myself I agreed on the rule that we would map a residential area, if
> there are more than two larger buildings close together, otherwise just map
> individual buildings. Does that make sense? I guess the advanteage of the
> areas is that they are visible at a smaller scale. On the other hand is
> seems silly to cover all the agricultaral land with "residentisl" tags.
> By the way, wouldn't it be cool to have a place to ask such questions
> right in the Task Manager? Or at least have some FAQs there? I just noticed
> in another task - Mayendit, South Sudan, that is - that many people have
> the some questions about the conrete task. Like "what are the round shapes
> here?" - "how can I tell the difference between a ditch and a path" - "how
> do we deal with different imagery from different seasons?" - how do we tag
> the roads here?"
> This would certainly ad to the workload of the organizers, but I think it
> would be useful to achieve more conistent mapping.
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