Talk:Mapping the Moon

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Related to OpenStreetMap project?

Hi, the OpenStreetMap project is a map project of the earth. It is technically not possible to map other planets and it is out of the project's scope. You might want to start your own project outside of OSM to map the moon... --Tigerfell This user is member of the wiki team of OSM (Let's talk) 14:41, 9 February 2021 (UTC)

Hi, OpenStreetMap is indeed a map of the world and rightfully so. At the moment it definitely is technically possible, it would require a lot of work to make it possible though.
Is it completely outside of the projects scope? The About page does indeed talk about a map of the world and of course that's where everything takes place. But the core values can be applied to other planets as well.
There unfortunately is no documentation whatsoever about other planets, so it could be seen as irrelevant to this project.
Only there is no specific mention about other planets being outside of this projects scope either.
However I think it's wothwhile to explore the possibility of extending this scope. It is fully possible that, by lack of interest, there never is going to be support for such a map. At least not in the near future.
My thought process was exploring the methodology and challenges we can expect and present that as a possible roadmap for the future. Humans will have permanent residence on mars and the moon relatively soon (<50 years).
In retrospect it's perhaps better to check if there is willingness in extending the scope before sinking time into an extensive wiki page instead of the other way around. --E de Wit (talk) 11:47, 10 February 2021 (UTC)
I think as a project it would be totally viable to have an open map of the moon. There are many named features, both natural and man-made on the moon that are mappable and maps of the moon do exist. As a project, I would see this (and indeed a map of any other celestial body) separate from the OSM database we use for OSM. It would be impractical and unnecessary to have this data mixed up with earth's geodata. --Mdeen (talk) 11:25, 12 April 2021 (UTC)
I completely agree that we should not have a combined database and need to avoid cross pollution of geodata at any cost. As for the Wiki a single page with several subsections would probably be enough in the beginning. It may need an entirely seperate wiki further down the line in order to avoid polluting the current documented tags on the wiki. I'll add this to the exploratory study under 'datamanagement' as a point that needs further clarification and elaboration. --E de Wit (talk) 12:23, 12 April 2021 (UTC)
Totally agree. As a spin-off, it is logical to start here where the expertise of datamanagement and mapping has gathered. If this comes to fruition then a new place to continue is easy enough to create. Unfortunately has alread been registered.