[Talk-GB] Are Northern Ireland, Wales & England 'states'?

Colin Smale colin.smale at xs4all.nl
Tue Aug 22 13:44:36 UTC 2017


Of course. But accuracy (perhaps correctness is a better word here) is
relative to some frame of reference. What is right under some
circumstances can be wrong under other circumstances. If you are a
postman, you have a different view of toponymy than a local government
official, a visitor or a resident. There are many versions of "correct".
This is exactly the core of the problem: people are looking for a single
solution for a polyvalent problem. If the solutions align, it is by
coincidence, not design. We should stop tilting at windmills and adjust
our world-model.

If there is a defined boundary, it can be captured as polygon. Often it
is not that simple. 

On 2017-08-22 15:21, Dave F wrote:

> Accurate *as possible*
> 
> On 22/08/2017 13:59, Colin Smale wrote: 
> 
> That depends on your definition of "accurate", doesn't it?
> 
> On 2017-08-22 14:15, Dave F wrote: 
> But a query to the OSM database isn't interested in what 'locals' misinterpret, it's interested in what OSM returns.
> 
> The ignorance of the person on the street is just one reason why OSM needs to exist & be as accurate as possible.
> 
> DaveF
> 
> On 22/08/2017 12:50, Andy Townsend wrote: On 22/08/2017 12:23, Colin Smale wrote: 
> What would a "local" answer? 
> Good luck getting a consistent answer to that :)
> 
> http://ma3t.co.uk/euanmills/euanmills/tifd.html
> 
> Best Regards,
> 
> Andy
> 
> (and apologies in advance for anyone upset by small-font profanity in the link)
> 
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