[talk-ph] Node position for towns

Eugene Alvin Villar seav80 at gmail.com
Tue Apr 6 16:59:32 BST 2010


I suggest to place the node in the town/city proper, which is not the
geographical center and not always where the city or town hall is. The
city/town proper is basically where the town plaza or poblacion area is.
Usually, it's where the church or public market is.

For example, the Las Pinas city hall is here:
http://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=14.4496929645538&mlon=120.982496738434&zoom=14

But I placed the Las Pinas place=city node in the poblacion area, where the
plaza and the main church (home of the famous Bamboo Organ) is:
http://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=14.4809997081757&mlon=120.981595516205&zoom=14


On Tue, Apr 6, 2010 at 10:22 PM, Jim Morgan <jim at datalude.com> wrote:

> Ed Garcia wrote, On Tuesday, 06 April, 2010 10:05 PM:
> > Glad you agree guys!  Surprised to see so many +1s in barely an hour
> > from posting.  Okay then, I'll start with San Antonio in Zambales.  That
> > town node is currently so far away from town proper ... it is currently
> > located on the mountains.
>
> Seems like a lot of these town / village / city markers are way off the
> mark to begin with. I guess they were imported en masse from an imprecise
> source. They usually seem to be 1 or 2 km off the mark. Usually when I find
> them, I'll drag them closer to a known settlement -- sort of plonk it in the
> middle of the most obvious mass of houses on a satellite view, or near the
> most obvious confluence of roads. Then when someone with more local
> knowledge finds it, they drag it closer to the City Hall ... and when the
> City Hall is actually on the map, then it's truly accurate.
>
> This process of gradually getting more and more precise seems to be what
> OSM is all about really.
>
> Jim
>
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