[HOT] newbie needs advice - connecting paths

Andre Engels andreengels at gmail.com
Wed May 6 04:36:50 UTC 2015


I disagree. In a case like you mention - a path, then an open area, then a
path again - in my opinion there is a path across the open space, just one
that is not easily visible in the terrain. Having gaps in ways seriously
undermines the usability of the database.
On 6 May 2015 03:54, "Suzan Reed" <suzan at suzanreed.com> wrote:

> Walking in Nepal one can be on a path and it will suddenly disappear, and
> then you walk across open ground to your destination. People don't
> necessarily walk on a path, especially between houses, and houses in the
> same "village" can be a quarter mile away or more. Knowing this, I have not
> connected paths blindly. I know they just end sometimes. Yet it is still
> valuable to know where they are.
>
> Most of the Bing imagery I'm working with was taken during the dry season,
> so all the rushing great streams and rivers are dry. In the wet season they
> will be roaring with water. Good to map them.
>
> HTH
>
>
>
> On May 5, 2015, at 5:33 PM, Kretzer wrote:
>
> Hi,
> I was also wondering about the best approach to connecting paths.
> On one hand all highways only make sense when they are connected, on the
> other it does not feel good to me to guess too freely where an invisible
> path might go. Particularly in steep terrain paths that are quite close
> horizontally really don't connect, as there can be a cliff or something in
> between. I often feel tempted to close a short gap "blindly" but did not as
> this can be really dangerous. It's probably better to leave it as patchwork
> and hope that the map will be improved later with better imagery or people
> with local knowledge.
>
> In other situations it feels quite safe to fill in the blanks, like when a
> clearly visible road disappears into a small forest and the same type of
> road appears on the other side.
>
> As to waterways and paths it often helps to follow them for a longer
> stretch and see where they go. This often gives you a better picture, if
> you see them run into a bigger river for example.
>
>
>
> PS I'd also prefer a more permanent place than IRC to get answers, so
> people can read them up later. Maybe a kind of forum would be useful to not
> clog up the mailing list?
>
> Gesendet: Dienstag, 05. Mai 2015 um 17:34 Uhr
> Von: "Katja Ulbert" <mail at katja-ulbert.de>
> An: "hot at openstreetmap.org" <hot at openstreetmap.org>
> Betreff: [HOT] newbie needs advice
> Hi all,
>
> I am a newbie coming up with a few questions, It would be great if someone
> with more knowledge could take the time to answer them. They don´t have to
> be answered here and now or via mailinglist, I am also on IRC #hot as
> katjaulbert. I am mapping in task #1018.
>
> 1) Paths: I have come across some that are obviously connected but there
> are small areas where I cant´t follow their course. Same with paths that
> lead into forests, where they disappear and reappear on the other side.
> Should I connect them? I don´t think it´s useful to have tiny bits of paths
> in the map or paths that lead into nowhere.
>
> 2) I need advice to distinguish dried waterways from paths.  Waterways
> seem to be much broader and uneven and often accompanied from paths.
>
> 3) Tags: I cant´t find some tags that are advised in the task instruction,
> for example bridge=supension. Are there any presets I forgot to load?
>
> 4) Imagery: I use Bing and Mapbox, are there any more sources? Also, is
> there a way to digitally zoom Mapbox imagery? Sometimes it´s easier to spot
> things with Mapbox, especially paths, but it stops displaying at some point.
>
> Thanks for taking time!
>
> Regards
>
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