[Tagging] Should admin_level=1 tag be applied to EU?

Alan Mackie aamackie at gmail.com
Thu Jul 30 10:26:41 UTC 2020


IMO the logic behind putting the EU as admin_level=1 would have meant that
the United States of America, the USSR and Australia would have been made
admin_level=1 when they were formed from their preceding entities (if OSM
had existed at those times).

I would suggest that contrary to the preceding thread: if and when the EU
becomes as unified as the above examples it would make more sense to put
the EU as a whole as admin_level=2 and add one to all boundaries of the
states and subareas already mapped within it.

On Thu, 30 Jul 2020 at 10:40, Frederik Ramm <frederik at remote.org> wrote:

> Hi,
>
> On 30.07.20 11:19, Mateusz Konieczny via Tagging wrote:
> > Unlike such objects EU has (AFAIK) well defined border, matching
> > existing administrative boundaries, so problems inherent in
> > mapping fuzzy objects are not present.
>
> I'm not an expert on international treaties but I believe that if France
> bought Alaska from the US tomorrow, then Alaska would become part of the
> EU, without the EU having much of a say in it, isn't that so?
>
> This is of course a very hypothetical example but little swaps of
> un-inhabited land happen between neighbouring countries from time to
> time. The "EU boundary" is the sum of whatever national boundaries its
> member states have. Same with the "Schengen area" which is guarded by
> Frontex which you linked to; it's a construct that is the result of a
> contract but not an administrative area.
>
> > I am not opposing it and it seems defensible.
>
> Anything is, on this mailing list ;)
>
> Bye
> Frederik
>
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