[Tagging] Use of tag "import=yes" on objects, not changesets?

Joseph Eisenberg joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com
Sat Aug 10 00:25:14 UTC 2019

Thanks, Dave.

Re: > "Having that tag allows us to easily locate and check the
validity of their work.
> ... After we check the work, we remove the import tag."

This usage would be incompatible with what I was told about Indonesia:
if they want to use this tag to find how many roads they added, they
probably don't want me to remove it.

Even for your use-case in Thailand, I think it would be better to use
a different tag, like "computer_vision_assisted" for the facebook
stuff, or something else more specific, since "import=yes" should mean
that the data came from an external source, rather than from on of our
usually sources aerial imagery.


On 8/10/19, Dave Swarthout <daveswarthout at gmail.com> wrote:
> The reason those objects (mostly highways) are tagged that way in Thailand,
> at least, is because much of the mapping done by the Facebook and Grab
> teams was rather poorly executed. Having that tag allows us to easily
> locate and check the validity of their work. One of the regular Thailand
> contributors developed a Map Paint Style that outlines all highways tagged
> with import=yes in JOSM. After we check the work, we remove the import tag.
> I think this is a valid use for the tag, and it's not meant to be a
> permanent tag in any case.
> Cheers,
> Dave
> On Fri, Aug 9, 2019 at 9:49 AM Paul Allen <pla16021 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Fri, 9 Aug 2019 at 15:23, Frederik Ramm <frederik at remote.org> wrote:
>>> f.s.v.o. "simple", a relatively foolproof method on a Linux machine is
>>> 1. download indonesia history pbf,
>>> 2. run osmium command line tool to convert into ASCII "opl" format,
>>> 3. grep how many ways with highway=* and v=1 are mapped by their team.
>> You omitted step 0: install osmium.
>> And possibly step -1: figure out how to compile and install osmium
>> because
>> it's not
>> available as a package for the distro you're using.
>> Yeah, both of those steps ought to be obvious to Linux users.  But if
>> somebody
>> puts a Linux distro on an old computer specifically just for this then
>> those are things
>> they need to be aware of.  Osmium isn't a standard part of Linux and it's
>> not available
>> pre-packaged for all distros.
>> --
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