I am trying to find out what is the source used by OSM for China place names, given the restrictions on surveying and mapping in China…
The wiki page (https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/WikiProject_China#Possible_Sources) only mentions “possible sources”.
I would have thought the Chinese government would publish at least some standardized geographical data that is openly available…?
Thanks in advance!
From my experience there are a lot of active mappers in China that add place names to the map in the same way as in other regions, by local knowledge or surveying.
Thanks for the quick reply Leverkusen!
I thought perhaps that they might have used some datasets though, at the beginning? They couldn’t have relied on users to map everything from scratch…?