Regarding the May challenge: I believe I failed - mostly due to lack of time. Nevertheless, I feel much happier with Tárrases now than I felt before - I have a better idea how it will finally look. You can read my updates at my "bliki."
Others have made better progress. Comment below or at your own diary entry or wiki sandbox (as Sarepava or BMSOUZA have done) about your results for May.
Luciano's Mapper's Challenge #3 - June, 2016
My new challenge is a focus on administrative divisions.
In fact, I've already done a lot of work on this, but I'd like to take it further, toward completion.
So first, an intro-level discussion of the administrative divisions of countries.
Most countries have administrative divisions - of many different names, levels, and functions. The list is very long: states, provinces, counties, municipalities, etc.
It's best to think in terms of levels:
- 1st level: states (US, Mexico), provinces (Canada, South Korea), federal subjects (Russia)...
- 2nd level: counties/parishes/boroughs (US), municipalities (Mexico), counties/cities (South Korea) ...
- 3rd level: cities/townships (US), districts and townships (South Korea) ...
In the OSM tagging system, these are indicated by the admin_level tag. Each country uses the admin_level tag differently, both in the real world and in OGF (see here for the way some people have deployed admin_level in OGF).
The best practice is to set up relations for each administrative division. I have set up almost 500 administrative divisions in Mahhal for 1st and 2nd levels, and almost that number in the Ardisphere.
1st level divisions are complete in both countries, and not likely to change much. 2nd level divisions are mostly complete, too. What I really want to focus on is the 3rd level divisions, especially in the Ardisphere.
I have conceptualized a system with both "autonomous" cities and towns (i.e. with independent city and town legislatures and governments) and "non-autonomous" "municipalities," rather like townships in the US, which are really just ways for the next higher-level governments to organize community services (rural schools, clinics, roads, etc.).
There are roughly 70 2nd level divisions in the Ardisphere, and if I create between 10 and 20 towns, cities and municipalities for each 2nd level division (commune/county/shire/borough), then I will need between 700 and 1400 named 3rd level divisions (with corresponding relations) for the Ardisphere.
Compare this with, say, Argentina, which has a similar population (but much larger territory) to the Ardisphere. Argentina has about 360 2nd level divisions, and maybe 1000 3rd level divisions, but the category is incomplete. The US has approx. 3100 2nd level divisions and almost 20,000 "incorporated places" (3rd level divisions, but not complete coverage, i.e. that doesn't count rural townships).
My goal is to complete this schema for the Ardisphere, and create some fun multimaps to support the results (see my multimap of 2nd level divisions, here - it needs updating as there have been some changes).
The mapper's challenge:
- Easy - work on "completing" your administrative divisions for your country, with correct relations, down to 1st level, including wiki lists and articles (perhaps stubs but with infoboxes in place)
- Medium - work on "completing" your administrative divisions for your country, with correct relations, down to 2nd level, including wiki lists and articles (perhaps stubs but with infoboxes in place)
Hard - work on "completing" your administrative divisions for your country, with correct relations, down to 3rd level, including wiki lists and articles (perhaps stubs but with infoboxes in place)
((edit: of course, creating so many wiki articles is not a requirement!))
I am going to attempt some mix between "Medium" and "Hard" for the Ardisphere - I've already done "Easy."
If you follow my "recommended tagging practices" (alluded to here and here, but admittedly not very clear) I would even be happy to create a multimap for you for your divisions. The main point is that the multimaps are generated using only map-data and tags, so if you have the right info tagged in your relations, a multimap like I made for Commonia is a trivial matter of running the script.
Note that creating even only stub articles for 3rd level divisions would entail making maybe more than 1000 wiki articles. This may require my inventing OGF wiki's first "bot" - but I've been thinking about that, anyway.