[OSM-talk] The biggest violation of OpenStreetMap, ever.

Martin Koppenhoefer dieterdreist at gmail.com
Mon Jul 14 15:38:25 UTC 2014

2014-07-14 17:13 GMT+02:00 Janko Mihelić <janjko at gmail.com>:

> It would be quite easy to find the number of wikipedias from different
> languages that have an article about a place. That way small but
> internationally known towns or villages could have better rating than some
> places with more population.
> For example, Smiljan [1] is a small village in Croatia where Nikola Tesla
> was born, and it has 22 wikipedias with an article about it. Oteš [2] is a
> village right besides it, and it has 5 wikipedias.
> Also, if a place has a wikivoyage page about it, that means it's quite a
> popular tourist place.
> It's a bit of a heuristic way of solving this, but heuristic is maybe the
> only way we have.

Yes, we are basically discussing (at least) two topics here, one is to get
the "most" important cities on a world scale (likely doable manually), and
the other is to get a good approximation for every place (i.e. thousands or
millions of small ones, with relative importance for everyone, likely to be
done automatically or semi-automatically with help of good algorithms). Of
course even if you try to be "objective" you will never be, and the
perception of what is important does vary a lot based on your own cultural
background, e.g. "Mecca" is not on one of the linked Cities lists of
wikipedia, but hundreds of millions of people would probably want it

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