[Tagging] Animal trails

Yves ycai at mailbox.org
Mon Nov 30 20:53:53 UTC 2020

Creating a new tag for this is not a bad idea.

Le 30 novembre 2020 21:27:33 GMT+01:00, Seth Deegan <jayandseth at gmail.com> a écrit :
>You could add a `note=*` to every element. You should probably contact the
>mappers of that region and explain to them not to add them.
>I agree that in this case, mapping animal tracks is *especially *necessary.
>If someone isn't going to map it now, they're going to do so in the future
>(as you've seen), incorrectly.
>On a related idea, OSM should probably implement "Area Notes" into the API
>to notify mappers how to map specific areas.
>lectrician1 <https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/User:Lectrician1>
>On Mon, Nov 30, 2020 at 1:44 PM s8evq <s8evqq at runbox.com> wrote:
>> Hello everyone,
>> With the Belgian community, we have been in contact with Natuurpunt, our
>> main national nature conservation organization. They are slowing using more
>> and more OSM and recently came to us with the following remark.
>> "Some mappers have added paths that are not actually real paths for
>> humans, but simply flattened walking routes made by the cows. I assume that
>> these are visible on aerial photographs, and in the field they may also
>> look like trails. However, it is really not the intention that people
>> should walk there. They change regularly and we also do not want to put
>> signs 'forbidden entry' all over the area.
>> We could delete them from OSM, but then of course soon later, an active
>> micromapper might add them again."
>> Most people seem to think paths made by cattle or wildlife should NOT be
>> mapped at all (
>> https://www.openstreetmap.org/user/Pascal%20Cuoq/diary/13333). However,
>> when there are micromappers around, they tend to map ALL THE THINGS. Not
>> mapping these "animal trails" that you know about, means they will likely
>> show up on the map as a simple highway=path, added by somebody else.
>> Therefor, we would prefer to map them with a tag like highway=animal_track,
>> to make sure mappers see that this thing was analyzed before and should NOT
>> be mapped as a regular path. Do you have any suggestions for a tag or a
>> different approach?
>> Thanks.
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