[OSM-talk] Timezones (was: Deleting data)

Frederik Ramm frederik at remote.org
Sat Oct 19 12:15:18 UTC 2013


On 10/19/2013 12:56 PM, Colin Smale wrote:
> So how does that differ from admin boundaries?

Admin boundaries are:

* generally much more useful than time zone boundaries
* especially, very useful for mapping as they are closely related to 
other stuff we map, e.g. a road ref will change at the boundary
* not readily available elsewhere

all this together means that even though admin boundaries are 
problematic in that they can seldom be surveyed, it makes sense to have 
them in OSM.

Time zones, in contrast, are

* orders of magnitude less useful than admin boundaries (most countries 
will simply have one time zone for the whole country)
* not useful for mappers
* readily available in shape file form

so why map them?


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