I’m looking for a way to get streets per city, problem is most Israeli cities doesn’t have their boundaries defined. Isn’t this a community top priority? In many cases a street is an “orphan” entity which can’t really be related to anything else.
If when working on streets mapping, users were instructed to defining “is_in” per street, then now it would have been possible to roughly convert that to city boundaries while removing the (now useless) “is_in”.
A way to get things moving is preparing an automated process were city boundaries are defined according to existing streets in a certain radius from city center, while there are no near cities OR a minimum corridor around the streets which doesn’t intersect with other streets/cities (“lonely” city).
of course its very hard for Israel Mappers to define city borders, as we are not even able to define the country border
Actually I didn’t knew about the need of the is_in definition. But I will try to add it in the future.
Beside that, I have nothing against a automatic definition. Better than nothing.
I like the idea of getting all streets per city.
The next part should be to get the list of streets in a city by the government and compare that lists again each other and find out what streets are missing.
I’m glad I had the opportunity to raise this issue here.
Mr_Israel, do you think it’s a good idea to do something we know isn’t going to be accurate? correcting it later on might be a difficult task.
Have you ever tried petitioning to government or local authorities regarding this issue? it’s clear they have the data, and probably the copyrights, but regarding city boundaries (which by the way can’t be defined by roads, or anything else for that matter) might be something they’ll be able to provide.
We want the real boundaries because they might contain empty areas where future construction is planned, so maintaining these boundaries in the future will be easier (I guess they don’t change too often, or at least much slower than city development). Am I right?
I think its better to have a starting than to try get it right away the perfect way. When I started with OSM in Israel I remember how I added parts of the Highway 4 to the map. Of course without GPS tracks!
Today there are very accurate and every exit is defined even with the name [Talkat ]. In some areas there will be people defining the city borders very accurate in some areas nobody will touch it for years and it will stay not wrong.
My opinion: Better start something not accurate than not adding it at all to the map.
Of course I should add a note, saying its just guessing.
Regarding the government . Please try. Till today we didn’t get anything from the government. There are discussion threads with this topic here.