[Talk-us] What does the community want from a US local chapter?

Martijn van Exel m at rtijn.org
Fri Sep 30 18:03:32 BST 2011

I believe that the core tasks of the US Chapter should be 1) to
support and help grow the community, and 2) engage with existing and
potential professional users to stimulate awareness and adoption.
Defining the map itself should not be among them, this is and should
always be a community effort, even though it is sometimes a cumbersome
process. If you're saying that the Chapter could do something to
support reaching a consensus or define the issue more clearly, such as
facilitating a working group or a wiki clean-up, I could not agree
more. But I don't see the Chapter going in and defining a definitive
(is there even such a thing?) tagging scheme for roads. That would
have the Chapter claim a mandate that it was never given and would
only serve to divide the community rather than strengthening it.


On Fri, Sep 30, 2011 at 10:27 AM, Peter Dobratz <peter at dobratz.us> wrote:
> On Fri, Sep 30, 2011 at 10:25 AM, Richard Weait <richard at weait.com> wrote:
>> 1) What would you like to see the US local chapter do?
> Come up with a consistent way to tag roads for the country.  Somehow
> get a consensus from current mappers about how tag
> US/state/county/whatever highways.  Update this page
> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/United_States_roads_tagging
> and then remove "There is conflicting information on this topic at
> several places."
> Specifically, on the Way:
> ref=???
> highway=???
> name=???
> Add Way to Relation
> type=route
> route=road
> name=???
> network=???
> state_id=???
> ref=???
> modifier=???
> direction=???
> For exit Node:
> highway=motorway_junction
> name=???
> ref=???
> exit_to=???
> Once we know how to map what we have, then we can document in the wiki
> specifically how every numbered road should be documented.
>> 2) Why should this be done by the local chapter, and not by individual mappers?
> Every individual mapper can have their own idea about how these things
> should be tagged.  As it is right now, mappers look at the conflicting
> information on the wiki and then make an educated decision, only to
> have someone come in later and change the tags on the roads, often
> leaving the map in an inconsistent state.
> I think there may even already be a committee setup to tackle this very issue:
> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Foundation/Local_Chapters/United_States/Working_Groups/US_Tagging
>> 3) Why should this be done by the local chapter and not by the OSMF?
> Though there may be some global consistency with road tagging,
> standards need to be established for each country.  Road tagging is
> often influenced by US states making designations and signing each
> road accordingly.  These signs do not necessarily have an
> international equivalent.
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