[HOT] Path mapping restrictions in tasks

Pat Tressel ptressel at myuw.net
Sun May 3 11:05:20 UTC 2015

The instructions for (e.g.) task #1018 say to map only paths that connect
to "major road networks".  I'm mapping in the Borang area from Digital
Globe imagery (not the imagery listed for this task -- there is no Bing
imagery here and the MapBox imagery is low-resolution).  There *are* no
roads, let alone road networks, in this area.  If we don't map foot paths
that don't connect to "road networks", there won't be any travel routes
marked at all.  Prior mappers in this are have started to map paths
(including some well-known paths, such as the Ganesh Himal trek).

Note these areas also do not appear to have good helicopter or small plane
landing sites -- they are terraced and steep.

So...can the restriction be relaxed in these remote areas that do not have
roads?  If the restriction is relaxed, what should the criterion be?

Also, regarding paths:  In some places, paths that are well-defined for
part of their length will disappear under trees, or will be hard to
distinguish when they run along a terrace, or split into multiple
less-distinct paths.  I'm wondering if there are other sources of
information about paths to and between remote villages.  Perhaps trek guide
companies?  Old maps that could be rectified using Mapwarper?  Anyone
familiar with those areas who could have a look at the imagery, and advise
on where an indistinct path most likely runs?

-- Pat
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