So… I decided to do a makeover for the guidelines to tag our lovely road system. Why so? It was last updated in 2008. There are new mappers, so these need to be set up to make things clear. Edit wars may happen simply because different mappers have their own way interpreting the tags themselves.
It needs to be stressed that OpenStreetMap is a community project, so therefore let’s pull together to set tagging conventions (in the Malaysian context) that are based on ground truth, and, in the same time complies with the general (international) conventions tagging - as described in their own particular wiki pages.
Therefore, feedback from the community is needed before anything described on the Wiki page is going to be amended. There are things that need to be addressed:
Main federal routes tagging conundrum.
Some still argue whether the whole Federal Route 1 should be systematically tagged as highway=trunk when most of the time, the North-South Expressway E1, lies quite close to the route. Try to consider international drivers who are using OSM database in their satellite navigation devices.
Similar things may apply to the East Coast Highway E8 and nearby federal route e.g. route 14.
Well, some exceptions can be mentioned in the wiki as well. Open table for discussion!
Sabah and Sarawak tagging conventions.
Perhaps Borneo mappers could share their knowledge? Or, someone that have been there, can throw in their suggestions.
Anything else that is important?
New mappers, etc. Side note: a proper Wiki page could say that copying data from e.g. Google Maps, Bing maps, Waze is not okay, very clearly (or sternly) No, I’m not blaming these new mappers, but very likely they are unaware of the Wiki themselves and the nature of volunteering to give data to OSM. So, I think, a proper Malaysian Wiki page could help them a lot through friendly private messages.
In the same time, I am also working on the Malay translation of the Wiki, starting from the beginners guide. Very early work can be seen here… so feedback is really appreciated! Some might have problems with signing up for the Wiki (especially TM users), but feedback can be conveniently submitted through the forum. Better translation work is also appreciated! Simply put, anything that have been worked on is also great!