[talk-au] place

Neil Penman ianaf4you at yahoo.com
Wed Dec 3 10:32:02 GMT 2008

I don't have a problem with subjective and I think maybe we should use some of Liz's criteria.  One of the great things about OSM is that it doesn't just reflect what the government believes should be the situation as do the maps from PSMA.  I think there is merit in basing the significance of a place on subjective criteria which should be openly stated but may never be agreed to by 100% of the mapping population.  For example one of these remote places with a population of 200 may be signposted from a distance of several hundred kilometers, have a clearly defined centre, a library, many shops even a bank as it may serve a much larger rural population.  I'd probably classify this as a town.  Whereas there are places with 200 people 20k or so outside of urban areas that are virtually impossible to spot.  I've been tagging these as hamlets even though there doesn't seem to be a centre at all, just two signs one at either end of a stretch of road with a few
 roofs poking through the trees.



From: Liz <edodd at billiau.net>
To: talk-au at openstreetmap.org
Sent: Wednesday, 3 December, 2008 9:11:31 PM
Subject: Re: [talk-au] place

On Wed, 3 Dec 2008, Sam Couter wrote:
> Population count is reality, and it's objective and hard to argue with.

Not exactly, its a moving target, and subject to collection errors.

I've had one of those quick looks with my usual search engine 
In Australia, the status of a town is formally applied in only a few states. 
Most states do define cities, and towns are commonly understood to be those 
centres of population not formally declared to be cities and usually with a 
population in excess of about 250 people.

Village \Vil"lage\ (?; 48), n. [F., fr. L. villaticus belonging to a country 
house or villa. See Villa, and cf. Villatic.]

A small assemblage of houses in the country, less than a town or city.
Village cart, a kind of two-wheeled pleasure carriage without a top.
Syn: Village, Hamlet, Town, City.
Usage: In England, a hamlet denotes a collection of houses, too small to have 
a parish church. A village has a church, but no market. A town has both a 
market and a church or churches. A city is, in the legal sense, an 
incorporated borough town, which is, or has been, the place of a bishop's 
see. In the United States these distinctions do not hold.
Source: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

What is the difference between a village, town, and city?
The place I live considers itself a village. It's not under populated or that 
highly populated. There are about 35,000 people here. What determines if it 
is a town, village, or city?
Best Answer - Chosen by Asker
Population for each actually varries depending on where you are. Here is some 
information that might help.

A hamlet is a small settlement, too small to be considered a village. The 
name comes from the diminutive of a Germanic word for an enclosed piece of 
land or pasture.

A village is a clustered human settlement or community, larger than a hamlet,

A town is a community of people ranging from a few hundred to several 
thousands, although it may be applied loosely even to huge metropolitan 
areas. Usually, a "town" is thought of as larger than a village but smaller 
than a "city". The words "city" and "village" came into English from Latin 
via French. "Town" and "borough" (also "burrow", "burgh", "bury", etc.) are 
of native Germanic origin, from Old English burg, a fortified settlement, and 
tūn, an enclosed piece of land

A city is an urban settlement with a particularly important status which 
differentiates it from a town.

City is primarily used to designate an urban settlement with a large 
population. However, city may also indicate a special administrative, legal, 
or historical status.

In the United States, "city" is primarily a legal term meaning an urban area 
with a degree of autonomy (i.e. a township), rather than meaning an entire 
large settlement (metropolitan area). Outside the United States, "city" 
implies an entire settlement or metropolitan area, although there are notable 
exceptions, e.g. the term City of London. In the UK, a city is a settlement 
with a charter ("letters patent") from the crown.

mentions "Kent Town Village" in the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters

wHAT THE............?!??! The smallest city/town/village/hamlet in the 
world ?!?!?!?
discusses some of the very small towns and villages.

The problem exists because the Poms have one set of definitions and we don't 
have identical definitions in the remainder of (or the majority of) the 
English-speaking world.
The English definitions of 

should be replaced with

that would be a lot easier to map than trying to count the population.

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