[OSM-talk] mapping outside Europe

Pierre Béland pierzenh at yahoo.fr
Tue Jan 7 22:22:26 UTC 2020

Eh, I am quite please to realise that the page is now available in 6 languages.

The  first version of the page early 2013 was for the OpenStreetMap response North of Mali. But in later discussions, contributors did say that it did also represent reality of other African countries. We then collectively decided to rename it to highway_tag_africa. 

There are regular mentions on discussion lists about this classification but no success using search tools to find references. I will let local contributors from various countries respond to your questions about classification and name to use.
In one country, the situation can vary a lot from more urban and industrialized regions to other regions.  I can tell you that north of Quebec / Canada there are vast forestry areas with very low population. Road infrastructures in such forestry areas are quite different from the urban areas and I would not classify a few hundred km long unpaved and rough road interconnecting various other roads as track.See for example the transtaiga highway https://www.openstreetmap.org/relation/6625883#map=7/54.104/-73.644

    Le mardi 7 janvier 2020 16 h 38 min 39 s UTC−5, Mario Frasca <mario at anche.no> a écrit :  
 On 07/01/2020 15:46, Pierre Béland wrote:
> 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.

I see, and I like it.  good job!

but it still only mentions 'Africa'.  How would you describe the 
application range, other than "outside high wages / developed countries"?

my guess for the first sentence would be "Most regions in the world do 
not show the same road network quality as, say, Germany or Canada.  Road 
conditions in such regions do not match the economic and social role of 
the road." then go on with the rest.

which Latin American countries are using this page as a reference? as 
far as you and others here know?
> And pictures have been used to better correspond to the ligther road 
> structures in these areas, which are often unpaved. 

nice pictures indeed.  curious enough, they aren't (yet) linked in the 
Spanish version of the page.  I might find time to do so.



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