OpenStreetMap

The disadvantages of copying other people's maps

Posted by davespod on 22 November 2012 in English (English)

I am pleased to report that the island "proven by scientists not to exist" (by attempting to visit it) does not appear in OSM:

http://tools.geofabrik.de/mc/?mt0=mapnik&mt1=googlemap&lon=159.93316&lat=-19.217&zoom=11

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20442487

Location: 19.217, 159.933

Comment from _sev on 22 November 2012 at 16:09

That's fascinating indeed. Thanks for the interesting read.

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Comment from chillly on 22 November 2012 at 17:48

OSM twitter feed says our contributors actually go out and survey (which many do).

At the same time OSM organises Operation Cowboy - an armchair mapping festival.

I'll prefer surveys every time.

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Comment from zmonkey on 22 November 2012 at 21:39

regarding another Sandy Island which had wikipedia editors confused, why doesn't the Lacepede's Sandy Island render on OSM? http://www.openstreetmap.org/browse/way/187645473 is it because it's from Oct 25?

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Comment from chillly on 22 November 2012 at 22:37

@alexz In OSM coastline is a special case. It only gets updated occasionally and until then the island won't render. It could take weeks before the coastline job runs next. More info here

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