[Tagging] Tagging Metropolis

Steve Bennett stevagewp at gmail.com
Wed Jan 19 06:49:32 GMT 2011

On Wed, Jan 19, 2011 at 4:27 PM, John Smith <deltafoxtrot256 at gmail.com> wrote:
> The problem here is subject v objective tagging, in terms of airports
> this can be objective stated based on international flights a day and
> the same with cities, if you want to indicate population tag
> population, take for example some regional 'cities' in Australia some
> have 50,000 or less people but still call themselves a city.

Yes, that's right. A map that is based 100% on objective, indisputable
facts with no interpretation is unlikely to be the best possible map.
How do we handle differences in interpretation? We'll need processes.

And I think you give a good example. If there is only one town of any
description in the middle of a vast desert, it ought to be shown at
even low levels of zoom. This is standard practice in many maps,
atlases etc. A town of 50,000 would barely even rate a mention in
France, whereas that's pretty big for Australia. And a town like Eucla
in the nullarbor (pop 50) has very high prominence as it's the only
place for many miles with accommodation.

Btw, Google does a much better job of this than Mapnik:



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