[OSM-talk] mapping outside Europe

Pierre Béland pierzenh at yahoo.fr
Tue Jan 7 20:46:16 UTC 2020

Hi Mario
I am the original author of the Highway Africa Tag wiki page.  This page is now widely used outside of Africa (Asia and Latin-America) in areas where it better correspond to the reality of the roads infrastructure.  And pictures have been used to better correspond to the ligther road structures in these areas, which are often unpaved.  

This image near Butembo, North of Democratic Republic of Congo, cleary shows damages to road structures at rainy season. I have experienced the same in south-east of Haiti, and observed it often in other countries.

There is quite a difference between crowdmapping and community mapping. It is easy to bring in thousand of inexperienced contributors. But, if  they are not trained and monitored, there will be significant damages to the map.


    Le mardi 7 janvier 2020 15 h 05 min 38 s UTC−5, Mario Frasca <mario at anche.no> a écrit :  
 On 07/01/2020 14:53, Mario Frasca wrote:
> so you say: just revolutionize the overview for the highway tag, 
> without first reaching a consensus?  or I understood you wrong? or 
> replace the Eurocentric pictures with Panama and Morocco pics? an edit 
> like this will be reverted after 15 minutes! 

ah, no, I see, you suggest to take inspiration from the 
https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Highway_Tag_Africa, or the German 
(very complete) overview How-to-map-a.  both pages which I did not know.

quite a bit of work, but who knows we manage to motivate the Latam group 
for this.

will put it on my personal to-do list, but if others from Latam are 
reading here, they can add their comments and ideas.

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