[HOT] highways from Africover import with tag AUTO_ID removal

Rafael Avila Coya ravilacoya at gmail.com
Tue Sep 29 15:14:33 UTC 2015

Hi, Joseph:

Thanks for the info. Just after sending this email to the HOT list, I
also sent an OSM message to Tim McWright (OSM user tmcw) to ask him for

He told me to "go ahead", as "the tag isn't relevant to OpenStreetMap".
He said too that there is actually one page documenting this import,
that afected Tanzania, but also RDC, Sudan, Kenya, Burundi, and Rwanda [1].

So, I guess it's perfectly safe to delete this AUTO_ID=* tag. I will do
it in one simple changeset.

The reason I got interested in this tag is that mappers are finding it
over and over during the Tanzania JSI road import [2], and they are
keeping it because the general rule is to keep tags of already present
ways, unless they have a good reason to modify/delete them. Deleting
them at once will avoid this problem, and will make the data cleaner for
the country.




On 29/09/15 16:10, Joseph Reeves wrote:
> hi Rafael,
> I asked something similar in 2010 and was told that the IDs can be removed:
> https://lists.openstreetmap.org/pipermail/talk/2010-March/049175.html
> https://lists.openstreetmap.org/pipermail/talk/2010-March/049207.html
> I don't think I've touched any Africover data for a while, but when
> I was I aligned it to satellite imagery and tagged it up as best I could. 
> Cheers, Joseph
> On 29 September 2015 at 03:02, Rafael Avila Coya <ravilacoya at gmail.com
> <mailto:ravilacoya at gmail.com>> wrote:
> Hi, all:
> I've seen there are hundreds of highways in Tanzania (about 1,700 at
> this moment) that come from an old (most probably undocumented) bulk
> import of Africover data, done back on 8-July-2009 [1]. Most of these
> ways have an odd AUTO_ID key tag, that is probably an Africover
> reference number.
> My understanding is that this tag is most probably useless, and
> undocumented too, so my idea would be to delete this tag from all
> ways, unless there is a nice reason to keep them. Makes sense?
> Cheers,
> Rafael.
> [1] https://www.openstreetmap.org/changeset/1775247
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