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:

Location: 19.217, 159.933

Comment from _sev on 22 November 2012 at 16:09

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

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.

Comment from z-dude 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? is it because it's from Oct 25?

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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