[Tagging] Animal trails

Casper van Battum cvanbattum at gmail.com
Mon Nov 30 21:01:55 UTC 2020

Adding a `note=*` would not really help much here. The issue is that the 
paths show up on the maps viewed by people. If we want to to give 
platforms the ability to not render animal paths, they should be easy to 
filter out. You can't do that with a generic note. I'm not sure if 
something already exists for animal paths like this but I would also be 
in favor of creating a specific tagging scheme for this. Without going 
into the entire `highway=path` discussion, as alternative to 
`highway=animal_track` we could maybe add a more specific version along 
the lines of `path=animal`.

As a quick solution: A simple `access=no` might also do the trick of 
course, but that doesn't describe the actual path.

Cheers, Casper

On 2020-11-30 21:27, Seth Deegan wrote:
> 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 
> <mailto: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
>     <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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