[HOT] South Sudan mapping - abandoned / destroyed buildings / settlements

Andrew Patterson andrewvhp at gmail.com
Tue Sep 1 21:13:45 UTC 2015


Many thanks for coming back on this.  The task area in question is 82
(bottom right) of #1167 - Boma, South Sudan.  I will go back and edit this
as you suggest shortly.  The area concerned is about one third the way down
to the right of centre in the square.  I have only plotted two clear hut
remains, and there are a couple more which are probably sufficiently clear
to add.


On 1 September 2015 at 13:23, Blake Girardot <bgirardot at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi Andrew,
> Yes, please map buildings and settlements that are visible but damaged or
> destroyed. It is really helpful to map things you come across that you
> think are interesting or important (man made towers, bridges, dams, etc)
> but are not in the instructions. You are never limited by the instructions,
> you can always map other things.
> Not having seen the area it is hard to pick the exact tags. Even seeing
> the area/buildings it can be hard to pick the best tags as this area of
> tagging gets a lot of discussion.
> Can you share the task square number or url for the task square that
> contains the area in question?
> Generally, if the area is in or part of a larger settlement and damaged
> but likely to be rebuilt we will tag it as landuse=brownfield, as is often
> the case after natural disasters.
> If this is a whole settlement that is destroyed and abandoned, I would
> suggest putting the prefix abandoned: (also called a "namespace" on any of
> the tags you would normally put on it.
> some examples:
> abandoned:building=yes
> abandoned:landuse=residential
> For reference, here is the wiki page about that:
> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:abandoned:
> And like I said, that is how I would do it and others might have some
> differing opinions, but that is what makes the most sense to me for the
> tags we have now as I understand them.
> If you use the iD editor that can be a little tedious to do, in JOSM we
> can edit lots of objects at once, so if you map in the buildings and then
> send me a note, I can put the full tag on them.
> Thank you again for helping map and especially for asking questions and
> sharing your mapping with the list, we all learn and become better mappers
> when that happens!
> Cheers,
> Blake
> On 9/1/2015 11:23 AM, Andrew Patterson wrote:
>> I have been mapping on the South Sudan task that Blake has added to the
>> list and in doing so have come across a small abandoned or destroyed
>> settlement.  Given the history of the area is it valid to map such a
>> feature so that it is recorded - or should it be ignored since it is not
>> included within the Instructions?  I can see that there might be a
>> conflict in this between humanitarian and political mapping.
>> I have left it on the task area for the moment, but can delete it if
>> this is felt to be appropriate.  If it should be left - how to tag?
>> Andrew
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