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Talk-il mailing list is for discussion about mapping Israel, and for easy communication between mappers from Israel. Preferred language is Hebrew. Other languages are also allowed.
Talk-il רשימת תפוצה לנושאים הקשורים למיפוי ישראל, לתקשורת בין משתמשים ישראלים ולסתם פטפוטים. יש נסיון מהוסס לעודד תקשורת בשפה העברית, אבל בפועל ההודעות הן בעיקר באנגלית. בין השאר, בגלל שאחוזים גבוהים מהחברים ברשימה לא דוברים עברית...
This is to give a heads up notice, I'm working on converting, polishing and uploading all locations based on the GEOnet Names Server. This is a fairly complete if not exactly accurate data. It does give a full list with English transliterated names of all towns/villages as well as mountain peaks and various other features.
This will create some duplication for places that already exist in OSM but will flesh out place names in our little country. Exact location and merging with existing places can happen later.
If you have objections or ideas it would make sense to raise it now. Contact me through the wiki or OSM at http://www.openstreetmap.org/user/Baruch
I started initially to hand check each node and translate it to Hebrew but it was going to take too long. Instead I'm uploading all the data in its raw form and everyone can update the nodes, translate them and place them in their proper location. If you move a node to a place you think is the correct one (you can use the WMS maps for this) remove the accuracy=minutes tag.
- The "name" tag should be used as the primary name, in the language most common in the area. The "name" tag should contain the name in only one language. Use other "name:*" for other languages.
- Use tag "name:he=..." for adding street names in Hebrew.
- Use "name:en" for the English name (prefer the exact spelling as it is on the street sign!)
- Use "name:ar" for the Arabic name
- Use "name:ru" for the Russian name
- Use "name:am" for the Amharic name
- Add the full name written on the sign, don't include "rehov" or "street"
- Do not use shortcuts, let the renderers do this.
- The map can be viewable in various languages using OpenStreetMap on the Wikimedia Toolservers
Roads - General Guidelines
First rule for numbered roads: The category is determined by the color of the sign, not by the number of digits!
Speed limit is only the upper maximum that is allowed on this street type and if no sign defines something lower.
|OSM Definition||Name||Color||Example sign||Normal amount of digits||Maximum Speedlimit||OSM Key:ref tag on way||Description|
|MOTORWAY||All freeways - National and Inter-City roads||BLUE||1 or 2 or 3||110 km/h||mandatory for all highway=motorway|| Normally they have one digit (example road 2) or two digits (example road 20).
As a exception they could have also three digits (example road 431). Mapnik color : Blue
|TRUNK||National roads||RED||1 or 2||100 km/h||mandatory for all highway=trunk [incl. roundabout]||Expressways / Trunk in Israel can look very much like a freeway. Normally they have two digits in the sign (example road 10). Mapnik color : Green|
|PRIMARY||All regional roads||GREEN||3||90 km/h||mandatory for all highway=primary [incl. roundabout]||Normally they have three digits in the sign (example road 412). Mapnik color : Red|
|SECONDARY||All regional roads||BROWN / BLACK||4||80 km/h||only if exist|| Normally they have four digits in the sign (example road 4111). Priority over other crossing roads (the other roads have a stop sign). Mapnik color : Orange
[Exception]: very large urban roads that are unnumbered (generally around 1 per 100000 inhabitants). Roads that are more important for routing connections that a normal tertirary road. Here is one example of such a exception in Hadera: http://www.openstreetmap.org/?way=24873711
|TERTIARY||all importand (connection-) roads||not numbered and no colored sign||no sign||no sign||80 km/h||no||Priority over other crossing roads (the other roads have a stop sign). Main roads inside of the city are Tertiary. Mapnik color : Yellow|
- Roads - Specific Guidelines
- unclassified: Smaller paved roads in non-residential places. e.g. agricultural roads, forest roads, roads from behind one village to behind another village, etc.
- residential: Roads in residential places (city, town, village, etc.)
- service: Roads in parking lots, fuel stations, inside universities, inside factories, etc.
- track: unpaved Double.
- path: unpaved Single.
- footway: where people walk between roads in residential areas (like "path" outside of residential areas)
- pedestrian: where people walk and there are many shops. Like "Midrahov", or "Passage", etc.
- living_street: "Rehov Holandi"
- road: Temporary tagging, if the type is unknown. try to add a "note" tag.
A place shuld have a node and a polygon.
The node tells the renderer where to draw the name of the place. It also should have all the tags related to the place, like population, wikipedia, etc. It should have all the various names with different spelling, e.g. name, name:en, name* and name:* tags.
The polygon should only have the following tags:
All the other tags belong to the node.
Thanks to the MOIN Import We are able to map townhalls, local municipalities, and regional municipalities.
A municipality should have a relation with one node with role admin_centre, and one or more ways, to form closed polygon(s).
The relation should have the following tags:
The nodeadmin_centre node should be a place node, or an amenity=townhall node in the case of a regional council.
The ways that comprise the polygon that are sourced from the MOIN import should have the following tags:
Hiking & Biking trails
Every marked trail should be represented by a relation and tagged according to the guidelines below.
|type||route||Indicates that this Relation represents a route. Mandatory.|
|name||a name||The route is known by this name (e.g. "Shvil Israel", "Golan Trail"). The name should be preferably specified in Hebrew. Optional.|
|name:en||a name||The English translation of the route name. Optional, but mandatory if "name" is in Hebrew.|
|name:he||a name||In general will be identical to the name attribute above. Optional.|
|ref||a reference||The route number as specified by the Israel Trail Committee. Optional.|
|network||nwn/rwn/lwn/ncn/rcn/lcn|| Level of the network. Stands for National Walking Network / Local Walking Network / National Cycling Network / Local Cycling Network. Mandatory.
|operator||itc/kkl/rtg|| The authority that maintains the route. Mandatory.
|itc:type||long/regional/standard/urban|| The type of the ITC trail. Optional.
|osmc:symbol||The shield of the route, used for rendering.|| Machine readable value for the route's colors and how the marking (shield) should look like. Mandatory for ITC trails
For the single-colored routes, the value should follow this example: red:white:red_stripe, which means: red colored way, white background shield, and a red vertical stripe on the shield's foreground. In particular, the foreground color should be equal to the trail color ("red" in the above example). The shield background color should almost always be "white". A transparent shield would be osmc:symbol=black:white. 3 colored markings, like Israel Trail and Golan Trail, should follow this example: blue:white:blue_stripe:orange_stripe_left, which means: blue colored way, white background shield, a blue vertical stripe on the shield's foreground, and another orange vertical stripe on the left of the shield.
- Add a colour tag to ways belonging to the "single-color routes" (i.e. with itc:type=standard). Note that the spelling is "colour" and not "color"!
- Add a source tag to ways belonging to the trail. Common source tags are source=GPS and source=bing. The source tag is an indicator of the accuracy of the trail position. GPS-based mapping is preferred and it can replace bing-based mapping.
Table of Main Trails
|Israel National Trail||XML, check, manage, JOSM, history, view, gpx )(|
|Israel National Trail: Carmel Bypass||XML, check, manage, JOSM, history, view, gpx )(||Following the Carmel Fire of 2010, this is the alternative route for Israel National Trail|
|Golan Trail||XML, check, manage, JOSM, history, view, gpx )(|
|Jesus Trail||XML, check, manage, JOSM, history, view, gpx )(|
|Jerusalem Trail||XML, check, manage, JOSM, history, view, gpx )(|
|TLV JM Bike Route||XML, check, manage, JOSM, history, view, gpx )(|
|Shvil Sovev Kineret||XML, check, manage, JOSM, history, view, gpx )(|
Tel Aviv Bicycle Rentals
KKL donated shape files for its managed forests.
- If you have a goal that you are working towards or one that you would like to see get done (and are maybe willing to get the ball rolling) then add it to the list here, create a section where it can be coordinated and tracked, and a way of measuring progress.
- Tag major intercity roads all around Israel.
- Create a really free alternative for http://www.freemap.co.il which has a huge map database but map data is not given for free. The community is being abused to build the data but data is downloadable only in a binary format.
I think that 75 % of the Netanya streets are done already. Several streets are without names. If there is anybody to look on over the street names it would bring us to the next level in this city.
Baruch Even: I'm also living in Netanya and added mostly the Kiryat Ha'Sharon area, not having a GPS yet I'm doing a rough sketch. A loan for a GPS device would be appreciated until I'll get the Neo Freerunner.
mr_Israel: Also living in Netanya and added several tracks and areas to it. All my GPS tracks are public and if there are parts that need to be added, please point me to that area and I will add it. I'm not adding any street names, because my keyboards are NON - Hebrew.
Goal: Beer Sheva
Yuri Magrisso: I've accumulated a large number of tracks in Beer Sheva. I am planning to map it in the coming months. I am taking photos of the name signs of most streets, but if someone lives in Beer Sheva, he's welcome to check for what's missing and fill it up.
Yrtimid 21:01, 18 November 2010 (UTC): Beer-Sheva needs at least tracks for:
- "Nahal Ashan" (already in progress)
- "Emek Sarah"
- "Neot Lon"
- "Neot Ilan"
- "Nahal Beka"
Goal: Rishon LeZion
Elihadad: I started working on Rishon LeZion area. I believe that it will take me a year to cover all Rishon, since I don't have too much time.
mr_Israel: I have uploaded a lot of tracks for Naariya and Hadera and mapped them after it. The streets are without street names. If somebody could add street names to those cities it would be great.
monya: I'm adding Russian "name:ru" tags to Hadera's street names.
Goal: name:he for all places
Harel Mazor: I'm adding all the name:he tags for nodes defined as places, later on I hope to translate all the springs as well. Translation is Done. 23/03/2013
You can easily mark incorrect points at OpenStreetBugs. By default the site displays the mapnik layer. Therefore, you should change (each time) to the Tiles@Home layer before anything else. Use the green "+" button, to add a new note. Every reported but will be taken care of.
- Jerusalem [map]
- Netanya [map]
- Tel-Aviv [map]
- Raanana [map]
- Haifa [map]
- Or-Yehuda [map]
- Quiryat Ono [map]
- Hadera (חדרה) [map]
- Arie Skliarouk
- Edoardo Marascalchi
- Baruch Even
- Yuri Magrisso
- Ophir Oren