[Openstreetmap] Re: Naming segments using applet

Kendall Sears krsears at starband.net
Fri Dec 16 16:18:20 GMT 2005

Hey folks,
  This is going to get out-of-hand with the current db schema real
quick.  The current schema is highly road/street paradigm dependant.  

Before people start digitizing features other than roads/streets it
would be advisable to move to a true GIS schema.  Either enable the GIS
extensions to MySQL or switch to PostGIS before too much occurs or there
will be a real mess.  "Tags" alone just won't cut it, please believe me.
There are too many associated attributes for multi-feature GIS data to
handle in this fashion.

I've been a professional GIS technology consultant for over 8 years and
have run into MANY instances exactly like this.  The resulting work to
fix the problems was more than a little outrageous.

On Fri, 2005-12-16 at 15:47 +0000, Tom Carden wrote:
> On 12/16/05, Lars Aronsson <lars at aronsson.se> wrote:
> > On December 8, Immanuel Scholz wrote:
> >
> > > But if people start to enter non-streets with the tools they get then
> > > "street" is most confusing to other programmers. Much more than any
> > > generic name for a linear thing which is almost only used as a street.
> >
> > Today's "dot and line" tools in the edit applet should be replaced
> > with one street tool, one railroad tool, and one canal tool.
> > Canals can be drawn in blue instead of white.  Railroads should be
> > drawn either in dashed white-and-black or lines with cross dashes.
> > This way, contributors don't have to draw lines first and later
> > tag them, but the tags can be there from the start.
> >
> Your suggestion is almost certainly the right way to go - tags will
> mostly be hidden for end users.
> One word though... Trac!
> Tom.
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