[OSM-talk] new mailing list request - OSM outdoor/natural phenomena mapping

Richard Z. ricoz.osm at gmail.com
Wed Mar 5 13:42:03 UTC 2014


On Wed, Mar 05, 2014 at 12:44:39PM +0000, SomeoneElse wrote:

> >I want to propose a new mailing list. Currently we have serious gaps in
> >modeling vegetation zones, climatic zones, geology, oceanography and most
> >other natural phenomena.
> >
> >Also a mailing list for outdoor enthusiasts and outdoor sports does not
> >seem to exist.
> >
> 
> The "tagging" mailing list was created because the volume of
> esoteric tag discussion got too much for the main "talk" list. Maybe
> you need to create lots of geology or outdoor sports discussion
> first :)

the issue is that modeling geology, vegetation and similar aspects needs
considerable special knowledge. We might be lucky but we can not expect that
too many people with such special knowledge will listen on "tagging" or
"talk". Among outdoor oriented people it should be easier to find such
specialised knowledge.

As an example, we are having repeated discussions how to tag forrest but 
did not even start thinking about a generic concept how to map vegetation
such as:

climatic zones
vegetation zones
soil biology
vegetation layers

http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/publications/pwdpubs/media/pwd_lf_k0700_0167e.pdf
http://www.srl.caltech.edu/personnel/krubal/rainforest/Edit560s6/www/whlayers.html

Without a similar framework our vegetation mapping will remain a patchwork.

Another example.. we are currently discussing hot springs but I do not have
enough knowledge in balneology or hydrogeology to be confident about defining
water characteristics.



Richard



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