User:Myfanwy

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Where I am and what I do

I live in Auckland, New Zealand and have been spending my time here mainly mapping various parts of Auckland, or anywhere else i might visit.

I am also a member of the nzopengis google group, where most of the discussions around osm in NZ take place. The big topic at the moment is the forthcoming import of LINZ road and cadastral (properties) data for the country.

Alongside mapping areas of Auckland that i visit, i am also maintaining the WikiProject_New_Zealand page, which is intended to help and coordinate OSM mappers in New Zealand.

I occasionally visit Derbyshire, UK and map anything that i can around that area, using a combination of GPS and the NPE maps.

Data collection

Having seen a dispute recently on the legal-talk mailing list concerning the origin of data, and realising I appear to have zero evidence of collected data (i.e. GPS traces uploaded to osm), I'd better explain my methods. The areas I've collected data for so far (mostly Auckland) have very good Yahoo coverage, so drawing in streets from that is no problem. Street and POI names are collected by me walking round with a mobile phone and typing them in as I pass them; the route is then re-traced on the Yahoo images when I get home and added in Potlatch.

All my notes are available as draft text messages (terrible phone, the only way I have to store notes to myself) - about 150 of them in all. This will be changing in Sept 2008, when I get my GPS, and proper traces, along with geo-tagged photos will be uploaded for all areas I cover.

I've since started uploading all my GPS tracks to OSM.

university tags

i started studying at auckland university in 2008, and since then have been mapping its footpaths, buildings, etc university relations hierarchy:

  1. university
  2. campus
  3. sector, path, road
  4. building
  5. room

Tags to propose

scrapyard
signal box
container storage
go-kart track
multi storey car park
brewery
silos
horse/riding stables
cutting/embankment as road/rail key
ATM
tourism=attraction; attraction=bungee|amusement_park|water_park|ship|horse_riding|


tags to replace man_made

man_made is horribly vague, and overlaps with sport, shop, highway, ..., all of these are man made. i propose to replace man_made with a number of tags:
top-level tag categories all need to be either form-based, or objective-based. i.e. they fall into a category either because of their physical characteristics or their use.
none of these are settled upon in any way, by me or anyone else...just my meanderings, they'll get formalised/finished when i get round to it

telecommunications

aerials
satellite dishes
telephone cables and poles
antennae
switch_boxes

navigation/location??

beacon
survey_point
lighthouse
buoy

earthworks??

dike
breakwater
causeway
city_wall

fluid storage, distribution and processing??

pipeline
well_water
gasometer
reservoir_covered
water_tower
wastewater_plant

resource_extraction

quarry
landuse=mine
mineshaft
pumping_rig

tags to replace natural

natural is similar to man_made - it can cover a huge range of features, with little or no distinction for appearance, use, or any other useful categories.

life

covers things that grow/are alive

fell
heath
scrub
marsh - salt/fresh water
coral
wood/forest/rainforest (to include single trees and rows of trees) area, node, way

geological_features (maybe a terrible name...)

covers things that aren't alive, but are naturally occurring

cliff
volcano
peak
coastline
beach
bay
peninsula
scree

tags to replace waterway

lots of tags in waterway are not ways. lots of tags in waterways are not water-anything, but instead related to water activities. proposal to change waterway to water, and add a new category for accessories to water activities

water

any water, be it still, flowing; narrow, wide; etc.

river (to replace stream, brook, creek, etc... all redundant, all do the same thing. if distinction is needed, refer to the name, which usually contains river, creek, etc.)
lake
glacier
spring
snow_line - the extent of the snow, at a given time of year (universal date method)
canal
reservoir

water_accessories (another terrible name...)

anything which is not water, but is related to people's use of water

lock_gate
mooring
boatyard
mooring
weir
dam

buildings

there is a proposal for a building tag, to define the physical aspect of buildings. the discussion is not going at all well, some people are confusing form with function. i propose:
key=building value=building
key=height value=<number of storeys>
key=roof_shape value=gable|monoslope|flat
key=material value=timber|metal|brick|tile|glass|slate (combinations are allowed)
key=colour value=text or html colour code
key=windows value=yes|no
key=other value= (freeform tag, for info such as: verandah, balcony, porch,.....)