[Talk-us] Dirt Roads (formerly: Abandoned railway)

Richard Fairhurst richard at systemed.net
Mon Sep 1 11:53:34 UTC 2014

Richard Welty wrote:
> agreed. i have spent quite a lot of time in Iowa farming 
> territory where the road grid consists mostly of high 
> quality, well maintained gravel roads that are in regular, 
> heavy use by farm equipment. i generally give these 
> highway=unclassified, surface=gravel.

Great to see this issue getting some airtime.

Obviously it's entirely your choice nationally as to what tags you use, as
long as they don't diverge too wildly from the rest of the world. Having a
distinction between highway=track and highway=unclassified;surface=gravel is
certainly one possibility. It doesn't really matter as long as there's
agreement and a will to fix it.

I think the other half of the equation, however, is actually getting this
fixed across the country. At present it appears to be just a small number of
mappers doing it in their areas; the US is a big place, and at the current
rate it's not going to be fixed any time soon. Drive-by tools like
MapRoulette are generally a good solution for systemic data quality
problems, but in this case I think the problem's too big for that.

What would help here? A Tasking Manager instance with defined areas (say,
10km x 10km, or counties, or...)? Anything else?


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