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#1 2018-10-30 21:23:30

zstadler
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Registered: 2012-05-05
Posts: 330
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Bulk import of minefield areas

Hello,

Minefields are important features for outdoor maps in Israel. They show on other maps, such as Survey of Israel map on govmap.gov.il and marked trails map by ITC (הוועדה לשבילי ישראל).

Following a Freedom of Information request, I have received the data from the IDF. The information is non-confidential (בלמ"ס) and there are no restrictions on publishing it.

Once I finish processing it, I plan to upload the data to OSM using the following tags:

  • landuse=military

  • military=danger_area

  • hazard=minefield

  • source=idf

Please let me know if you have any questions, suggestions or concerns.

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#2 2018-10-30 21:25:12

zstadler
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Registered: 2012-05-05
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Re: Bulk import of minefield areas

P.S., currently, govmap.gov.il has a bug. If you use the above link, please zoom-in and zoom-out in order to see the map.

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#3 2018-11-08 17:08:18

zstadler
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Registered: 2012-05-05
Posts: 330
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Re: Bulk import of minefield areas

I'm concerned that every OSM user can change or delete the minefields mapping. I've checked with the OSM Data Working Group if there is any mechanism to control such changes.

The response was clear:

I would advise against adding minefields to OSM. OSM should not be used for things where someone's life depends on it.

OSM is for user-surveyed data that can be verified on the ground. Therefore, OSM data can always be modified by everybody and this is intended to be so. Data that is "unmodifiable" for legal or security reasons cannot be put in OSM, and there is no way to protect it against editing.

I therefore cancel the intended import.

However, my intention is to include the mapping of minefields in the Israel Hiking and Biking maps.

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#4 2018-11-09 19:52:28

yrtimiD
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From: Israel
Registered: 2010-10-08
Posts: 237

Re: Bulk import of minefield areas

I would happy to see them mapped, even knowing that they can't be accurate and can be changed. This will give me a knowledge that some area does have minefields and I should be more careful here and always check all signs.
About preserving data - you can add a back-reference in osm to your imported data and from time to time do import-like simulation to check that polygons are still exists and they are intact.

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