[Talk-GB] 'historic' county boundaries added to the database

Mark Goodge mark at good-stuff.co.uk
Fri Aug 10 11:37:02 UTC 2018

On 10/08/2018 12:05, John Aldridge wrote:
> I'd like to register a +1 in favour of accepting these historic counties.
> I *generally* agree with your principle of 'only mapping what is on the 
> ground', but if we followed that strictly we wouldn't map current 
> administrative boundaries either. These historic counties do, rightly or 
> wrongly, form part of some people's sense of identity *today*, and I 
> think that crosses the bar for inclusion.

The current administrative boundaries are relevant to everyday life in a 
number of different ways. Even if you can't see them on the ground, the 
boundaries determine who collects your bins, who you can vote for, who 
fixes the potholes in the roads, who manages school admissions, etc.

The "historic" boundaries, though, whatever particular snapshot of them 
you choose as the most important one, don't have any relevance to 
everyday life. They do matter to a small number of people with 
specialist uses, but - like now-obliterated routes of former railways - 
they are better suited to a spin-off project rather than being in the 
core OSM.


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