[Tagging] Hiking tracks as POIs in Brazil

Fernando Trebien fernando.trebien at gmail.com
Fri Aug 9 02:58:56 UTC 2013


OSM currently has no hiking tracks mapped in Brazil. We are now
receiving (copyright-free) POIs of hiking tracks (representing where
they start) from a local mapping community (which gathered this data
for over a decade). Unfortunately, we do not have the details of the
tracks yet, but I think the POIs could be contributed to OSM in a
preliminary form as long as they include a "fixme" tag. This could be
a great way to start mapping these tracks (essentially by calling for
help where it's needed). Every POI would get these tags:
- "tourism=attraction" (best approximation I could think of)
- "name" in the format "Track: [original name]" (in Portuguese "Track"
would be replaced by "Trilha")
- "fixme=Please provide the detailed contour of the route." (in
Portuguese it would be "fixme=Detalhar trilha de caminhada.")

The prefix ensures that the tracks are easily told apart from other
attractions and that bots can operate on the data if necessary.

Our alternatives seem to be a proposing a new tagging scheme (not so
useful for a temporary set of POIs) or not import anything at all
(seems wasteful).

What do you think?

Fernando Trebien
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