[Talk-us] How to get college students involved?

Alan Millar amillar503 at gmail.com
Fri Aug 6 19:09:01 BST 2010

On Fri, Aug 6, 2010 at 10:51 AM, Stefan Brandle <sbrandle at cse.taylor.edu>wrote:

>    I suspect that reading all available documentation might be a good
> start.  :-)

It might, but it also might get you bogged down too.  Two years into this
myself, I'm still uncovering corners of "all available" that I didn't know
were there :-)

I definitely endorse jumping in and trying out the parts you can figure out
(as it sounds like you're doing), while continuing to read/learn in

For ponds in particular: one part of OSM I did not understand at first was
that areas are the same as ways; they just connect beginning to end.  So to
draw a pond, make a way around the edge of the water (presumably tracing
aerial photos) and connect the last node to the first node.  The only thing
that distinguishes an oval area from an oval track is the tagging.  Tag the
pond as natural=water, and you are done.

Be sure to keep the wiki Map_features page handy.

- Alan
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