[OSM-talk] mapping outside Europe

Marc Gemis marc.gemis at gmail.com
Wed Jan 8 09:29:33 UTC 2020

+1 to what Mateusz wrote.

What I meant with "write the wiki page you want to see" is: create a
new wiki page "Highways in Panama" or "Highways in South America",
preferable in Spanish and Portuguese and link to that page from one of
the existing pages.
Similar to the Highways in Africa page that I showed you earlier on.
That page did not replace the western-centric page neither.

This is also similar to
A page for the British community that explains how to map access for
public footpaths.
The content is not on the (general) highway, path, nor access pages.
It is a dedicated page for a certain geographic region.

So yes, the general page will remain Europe centric, but at least
there will be dedicated pages for other geographic regions. Maybe one
day, the general page will just list all regional variants, one of
them being the European variant.
But please note that the classification of highways is based on the
UK-system and that even European countries had to adapt that to their
local system. But of course, the images are similar for a British
motorway and for a German one.

This page https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Highways has a number of
links to pages with regional variations for the classification of
highways under the "Classification" section.

So start small, with dedicated pages and do not try to change existing
pages too much. That will cause more resistance.



On Wed, Jan 8, 2020 at 8:57 AM Mateusz Konieczny
<matkoniecz at tutanota.com> wrote:
> 7 Jan 2020, 20:53 by mario at anche.no:
> On 07/01/2020 14:38, Marc Gemis wrote:
> Since OSM is a do-ocracy, do not complain, but write the wiki page you
> want to see
> that's fine, and I've been doing that for Panama, and for Morocco, but I do not like mapping without having reached a consensus.
> for that, we need other mappers to contribute to the discussion, and I never managed to get any far on this in the wiki (actually, not even in the changeset comments).
> Is the community using some FB group, Telegram channel or Discord or some even more unusual
> discussion location?
> so you say: just revolutionize the overview for the highway tag, without first reaching a consensus?
> Obviously no.
> replace the Eurocentric pictures with Panama and Morocco pics?
> an edit like this will be reverted after 15 minutes!
> Is a new photo differing in content (confusing for Europeans in the similar way as original
> was confusing for people from Panama)? Then both should be present, one in the infobox,
> one in the article text.
> Is the new photo usable as illustration in both cases and differs by decoration
> (people are wearing different clothes etc)? Can you link an edit where it was reverted
> (except cases where new non-european image was of a lower quality)?
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