[talk-au] Deserts, mapping and sources

cleary osm at 97k.com
Fri Jan 19 07:11:03 UTC 2018

I agree that it would be useful to map deserts. The boundaries may be inexact and landcover is quite variable but they are geographic regions that users may occasionally search for, and they are major features of inland Australia.  However I don't yet know of a source we could use. 

On Wed, Jan 17, 2018, at 10:49 AM, Warin wrote:
> Hi,
> OSMand has started rendering deserts.
> I note that only the Simpson Desert in OSM so far is Way: Simpson Desert 
> (168949121) ... I cannot find the source for this.
> It would be nice to map the other deserts that we have too. A good 
> source for this would be the 'Interim Biogeographic Regionalisation for 
> Australia' by the Australian Government's Department of Sustainability, 
> Environment, Water, Population and Communities. Of course that copyright 
> is given as 'CC by' ... See the second map in 
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deserts_of_Australia for reference.
> Any ideas for a legally usable OSM source?
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