[HOT] Border Crossing West Africa

Dale Kunce dale.kunce at gmail.com
Sat Jan 23 14:07:37 UTC 2016

Great feedback. I think we will incorporate both of these as they come up.
Thanks for the confirmation.


On Sat, Jan 23, 2016 at 5:50 AM, Michael HeiƟmeier <
michael63 at digital-filestore.de> wrote:

> 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 border.
> *Michael (osm:michael63) *
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Dale Kunce
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