Hello, OGF community!
I hope everyone is doing well this fine January day. As you all know, we have a community with a lot of diverse interests and areas of expertise. And, in the spirit of collaboration, learning, and continuing to become better-skilled mappers, I offer a two-fold challenge for the month of January: a focus on the OSM keys "landuse" and "natural;" and a collaborative response or tutoring.
Be advised: This challenge isn't just about showing off your work. I want this to be a good learning experience for everyone. So, whether you have a territory or not, you are invited to learn more and hone your skills!
We all want the map to look beautiful. Did you know, for example, that there are a whole host of landuse values to use? Do you know about the numerous natural values? Some, like natural=beach and natural=wetland are rendered differently depending on the additional tagging? There are a lot of hidden gems in here to help make the map look great and communicate details.
How to participate
- Unsure what to do or don't have a territory yet? Start small with a 1 square kilometre area. Experiment with some tags and ask for feedback in the comments below. Allow users to give you a reply to make your mapping better.
- If you are awaiting your territory, the blue countries provide a wonderful space to practice with this challenge. That way, your area could be among the best mapped on the site one day.
- Post one or two of your favorite examples of how you use landuse and natural tags.
- Reply to at least one user about their work.
- Experiment with new tagging and with different (albeit plausible) ways of arranging landscape. Try to limit transportation infrastructure to the lowest levels possible.
- Provide direct feedback to at least two users about their work.
- Develop a 2 km by 2 km area of highly detailed tagging with limited (if any) transportation infrastructure.
- Directly tutor a new user with their work on this project.
We all want to see OGF be a great community of mappers with the goal of producing good-quality work. All users from newest to most senior can participate! This is a theme of all my challenges, but I really want to emphasize that it will be most successful this month with as many users contributing and offering feedback as possible. At the same time, please be civil and professional with one another; avoid needless drama. Remember that a good-faith critique of your work is not a personal attack. Be a good neighbor, even if others aren't always that way.