[talk-au] Aboriginal art sites

Graeme Fitzpatrick graemefitz1 at gmail.com
Tue Apr 2 21:17:25 UTC 2019

On Mon, 1 Apr 2019 at 20:27, Ian Sergeant <inas66+osm at gmail.com> wrote:

> How do we actually contact "local elders"?

Would have to be done "on the ground" in that local area

>   Where do we record their consent?

Possibly in Notes? Maybe the Oz Data Catalogue page
https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Australian_data_catalogue or similar?

  What if they change their minds?

Then I think we would need to delete the entries, similar to the way that
you can request your premises not be shown on Google Maps. I have seen a
comment on the Tagging list that some town in the US requested that all
it's minor streets be deleted from all online maps to prevent rat-runners
from driving down them!

> Are we saying other mappers should delete these sites if they see them on
> the map?  How do they know if approval was obtained?

I would hope that people have done things "properly". As mentioned though,
if the site is advertised / signposted, then it's fine to map. But if
you're walking in the Kimberley & find a cave full of paintings, then you
should ask for approval before mapping them. This was discussed a while
back about mapping a track up in that area, but I can't find the reference
in the archives

> is this form of censorship practised anywhere else in OSM - maybe for
> other indigenous people - that we could copy their model?

I don't know? I'll post the question on the Tagging list.

> P.S. It's Strait - not "Straight".

Thanks! Corrected :-)


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