[Talk-us] National Park boundaries

Martijn van Exel m at rtijn.org
Mon Jul 23 00:39:55 BST 2012

Hi all,

I was looking at the Golden Spike National Historic Site[1], of
particular interest because the Union Pacific railroad celebrates its
150th birthday this year[2]. While elements are represented in OSM[3],
a search for 'Golden Spike' yields nada. I was about to draw a
boundary=national_park[3] around it with a name tag, so it would be a
little easier to find. But it turns out the NPS has a boundary
shapefile for all National Parks, Historic Sites, Rivers, Parkways,
Lakeshores and more than a dozen other categories[4].

Is this something to consider for importing? Has this already been
considered in the past? As you know, I am very skeptical towards data
imports and will only propose or consider them for useful features
that are very hard or impossible to survey. I believe this is a
I understand if everybody is busy remapping, but I just wanted to
throw it out there.


[1] http://www.nps.gov/gosp/planyourvisit/directions.htm
[2] Check out the neat timeline: http://up150.com/timeline/
[3] https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:boundary%3Dnational_park -
may not be appropriate, but there does not seem to be a tag for
historic sites as such (https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Historic)
[4] https://irma.nps.gov/App/Reference/Profile/2185767

martijn van exel

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