[OSM-talk] Recent spikes in the use of road key

Bert -Araali- Van Opstal bert.araali.afritastic at gmail.com
Sat Mar 6 19:53:49 UTC 2021


_Unwanted use of road=* key_

Taginfo: https://taginfo.openstreetmap.org/keys/road#chronology 
Overpass turbo: https://overpass-turbo.eu/s/14A0 


* Tanzania - organised mass edit / import by Facebook AI team: 
#mapwithai #Tanzania 

Request for QA improvements send with list of accounts under import 
Tanzania send to FB team leader Adiatma IRM-RV. Adiatma replied and 
anticipated very prompt, thank you for that.  Even helped us to identify 
the major cause of the use of the road=* key in Indonesia and taken 
action with comments.

* Sri Lanka. A significant contribution to the spike detected in 
Sri-Lanka. All changesets carry the #Geoedge hashtag.  Number of users 
accounts using this hashtag: 7, under which some carry similar names, 
all registered new users Aug to Oct 2020. All changesets in a period 
between 30-09-2020 and 25-10-2020. No Organised Mass Edit info on our 
wiki, although they have been doing it for around 2500 changesets within 
2 months (sofar detected). Left comments on most changesets and request 
for info on the hashtag which could refer to the Sri Lankan Geoedge 
company (https://geoedgemaps.com/ <https://geoedgemaps.com/>) that uses 
OSM data and provides Mapbox similar services. Activity from all users 
stops beginning of December 2020.
A request for info has been send to the Sri-Lankan community.

* Still investigating and looking at other hotspots mostly 
geographically Europe, Indian / Chinese border and Nepal.

* About 20% of issues historical QA issues resolved, spread worldwide

Credits for help in cleanup to Pierre Béland (PierZen), user_5359

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