[OSM-talk] Continent Oceania or Australia

Jóhannes Birgir Jensson joi at betra.is
Wed Apr 29 12:13:24 UTC 2015

I was doing an overpass query for place=continent and noticed that we do 
not have Oceania but Australia with this note:

"Note that Oceania, which is a more common designation in some 
countries, is actually based on a different continental classification 
system to the one OSM uses. So please translate Australia as Australia, 
not as Oceania"

However looking at what is within is_in:continent="Australia" then I 
only get regions and cities and no countries. is_in:continent="Oceania" 
gives me the normal countries we think of as Oceania (including 
Australia the country).

Thus it seems place=continent;name="Australia" is now outdated and not 
used. According to usage it seems clear that we are now using the 
regular Oceania classification.

I propose we change this to reflect to current usage.

--Jóhannes / Stalfur

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