[OSM-talk] Policy in mapping military installations

Gregory nomoregrapes at googlemail.com
Tue Aug 28 13:39:43 BST 2012

On 26 August 2012 11:02, Martin Koppenhoefer <dieterdreist at gmail.com> wrote:

> 2012/8/24 Gregory <nomoregrapes at googlemail.com>:
> > If you walk past a building that says "Toy Factory" but everyone knows
> it is
> > a secret military base because of the armed guards. You map it as a toy
> > factory.
> -1, you might map the sign as "toy factory" (maybe I am
> misinterpreting what you said? I never met a building that "said"
> something ;-) ) but if _on the ground_ it is a military installation
> and you ("everyone") know about this, mapping it as a toy factory
> would be plain wrong and also a violation of the on the ground rule.
I mean if the military are keeping the site a secret and the building has a
sign on it "Welcome To Mr Smith's Toy Factory", then that is what it should
be mapped as because on the ground it says it is a toy factory. Local
knowledge may say they never see toys coming out of it, only
military personnel, but that is it.

I know there are real examples, but I can only slightly remember the
details of one.
A solider was posted to guard a radio mast on top of a hill. He would come
down to the town to have dinner in a restaurant or what ever. People would
ask him why he was posted there. He'd totally deny that there was a radio
mast on the hill. Well the mast is pretty obvious from hills around, so
everyone knew why he was there.
I can't remember if he still denied it once the country was no longer
under communism and war-focused.

osm at livingwithdragons.com
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