[Talk-ca] Lowzooms + Cleanup of place names in western Canada

James Ewen jewen at shaw.ca
Tue Mar 11 03:53:10 GMT 2008

On Mon, Mar 10, 2008 at 2:37 AM, Jason Reid
 <osm at bowvalleytechnologies.com> wrote:

 >  I've also gone through and started fixing/reclassifying places that were
 >  imported from the GNS import last fall, since most places didn't have
 >  enough data and got labelled as towns. So far I've gotten AB and SK
 >  done, and MB will probably get done by mid week.

 Is there a significance to all the tags associated with these points?
 There are a couple pages of tags, which aren't in the list of official
 tags. I would assume that these extra tags are just there for user
 information. Is there some information included that defines the size
 of the text associated, and the zoom level the labels show up at?
 Zooming into Edmonton, you see the names of bedroom communities in the
 50,000 population range before you see the name Edmonton, a community
 of about 500,000.

 I am currently working on mapping Strathcona County just east of
 Edmonton, which contains a point labeled Strathcona, which is
 positioned just north of the hamlet of Ardrossan. I renamed it to
 Strathcona County, but looking at the lat/long information included,
 it looks like it actually should be a point describing an area in
 Edmonton. Strathcona was a town located at the north end of the CPR
 line, south of the North Saskatchewan River, before the City of
 Edmonton was incorporated. It still is the name of the neighborhood in

 Also, there are a couple of these GNS points within Strathcona County.
 Sherwood Park is labeled as a town. Ardrossan is labeled as a town.
 Josephburg is labeled as a village. North Cooking Lake is labeled as a
 village. All of these communities are hamlets within the specialized
 municipality of Strathcona County.

 Also, Edmonton, Saint Albert, and Sherwood Park have a grey background
 at zoom levels 8, 9, and 10. Where can I find this background defined
 in the map?



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