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

Richard Z. ricoz.osm at gmail.com
Wed Mar 5 20:11:30 UTC 2014

On Wed, Mar 05, 2014 at 07:16:36AM -0500, Serge Wroclawski wrote:
> How is this different from other tagging discussions?

tagging discussion is only the last step. Before it can happen we
need to have a pretty good model of what we want to map and then
decide how it could be mapped.

Most of us have a pretty good working model of a road and a house
in our head which make it easy to skip the modeling phase and
go to tagging discussion.

Apparently this is not so easy with vegetation, geology and other
natural phenomena which require considerable special knowledge to
select a suitable data model. 
Even in the relatively familiar case of vegetation our model to map 
it is highly unsatisfactory becuase it went to tagging discussion 
before researching a suitable model.

Our model of geology is limitted to mapping single_stones, bare_rocks 
and cliffs. Would it be possible to do this better? I have no idea,
it is something that should be discussed but is not a tagging

Simple things like mapping corral reefs are still not available.
Would it be possible to map the Gulf stream or other currents?


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