[OSM-talk] OSMF silently sides with Russia?

joost schouppe joost.schouppe at gmail.com
Tue Nov 20 14:25:45 UTC 2018


If you want OSM to reconsider the disputed boundaries problem, you should
analyse a selection of problems from around the world and come up with a
policy that can address the issues there. As a charicature, you could say
that we were faced with the choice of making a map that's illegal in
Pakistan, illegal in India, or illegal in both. The last seemed preferable.
In the case of Crimea, most of the world explicitly agrees with one of the
parties in the conflict, but this is not always the case. The current
policy also best reflects our general philosphy of mapping things the way
we see them in reality.

The reactions here are not about Russia. They are about how you can't take
a single issue and build a policy around that. We need a general solution.

On the tagging mailing list there has been discussion about a middle
solution where we would explicitly map disputed territories. So "our"
boundary could remain according to current definitions, but one could also
map the disputed territory as a separate thing. That way, you could at
least make a map with "this is de facto country X but some countries do not
agree about that", or go the Google Maps way of showing borders according
to the reality which people prefer to see.

Joost Schouppe
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