[HOT] Border Crossing West Africa

Michael HeiƟmeier michael63 at digital-filestore.de
Sat Jan 23 10:50:02 UTC 2016

Hi Dale,

Dale Kunce schrieb 2016-01-23 03:17:
> The Red Cross is continuing our work on mapping the border areas of the Ebola 
> affected countries in West Africa. Today something that came up is how exactly 
> to tag border crossings. These are vital for humanitarian and epidemiology. 
> There is a barrier=border_control 
> <https://taginfo.openstreetmap.org/tags/barrier=border_control#map> tag but 
> from my reading of the wiki 
> <https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:barrier%3Dborder_control> it doesn't 
> apply to places where there is no fence. Often the borders in West Africa are 
> a river ferry with an office set back some distance away.
> I wanted to see people thoughts about the best way forward to track these 
> features while still working within OSM conventions.

I interpret the wiki so that the tag refers to the checkpoint on a way which 
crosses a border. I do not see that it has to be part of a border line. In 
practice most checkpoints will not be on the border line proper but rather 
inside a country's territory. So I would apply the tag on the position of the 
way where the control takes places, typically one location on either side of the 

(osm:michael63) /
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