[Imports] GNIS tag removal proposal - Bulk vs. Editor

Serge Wroclawski emacsen at gmail.com
Fri Aug 23 08:08:54 UTC 2013

On Fri, Aug 23, 2013 at 2:58 AM, Bryce Nesbitt <bryce2 at obviously.com> wrote:
> The GNIS tag cleanup... might that be better as a true bulk edit?

I'm working on a proposal to address the issues discussed already, as
well as some that have been long outstanding issues on the wiki.

> With the editors dropping the tag:
> * Any agent depending on the gnis tags will see their data slowly melt away
> over a period of years.
> * Since tag removal at save time is silent, a person saving a node won't see
> it the way it will be saved.
> In particular if the ele= tag conversion is done, it would be better for a
> hand mapper to see the changed tag and have a chance to supply an elevation.
> There's so little value in these gnis tags, and so many of them, seems like
> bulk has some merit?

Dropping tags doesn't really warrant a mass edit IMHO, but things like
fixing the feature_id tags, fixing the fcode tags, and removing the
ele tags are examples of where a bot would do the job more quickly.

Additionally, the wiki mentions that 5% of GNIS objects are historical
and do not exist on the ground.

Objects which do not exist should be removed. So between all this, the
fixing of various tags, and removal of most other tags, yes, I will
write up a proposal (the code is basically there now, but I want to
revise it).

- Serge

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