#70 - Indigenous Mapping Workshop 2017 - BON Task

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This is a task created for participants of the Indigenous Mapping Workshop 2017 introduction to OSM sessions. The Workshop is hosted by the Brokenhead Ojibway Nation and the Nation’s Land Department are aware of this mapping effort. The session aims to encourage participants to start efforts to improve the representation of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities on OSM.

During the Workshop, participants are encouraged to add buildings and roads. If there are participants in the group who are familiar with the area, we may add Points of Interest or other features. The bounding box of this task is approximate - participants are encouraged to complete this area, but if certain features are on the edge of the area it is fine to go beyond it.

This task is for workshop participants - if you are not a participant, please wait to add to this until after November 3, 2017

Created by Noznoc - Updated - Priority: medium


Entities to Map
roads, buildings, points of interest
Changeset Comment
#imw17 #BON
When saving your work, please leave the default comment but add what you actually mapped, for example "added buildings and a residential road".


Please use Esri World Imagery

If the clearest imagery seems to be out of alignment with existing roads and buildings, you may need to apply a shift on the imagery. In the ID editor: from the menu “Background settings” (shortcut, “B” key), choose “Adjust imagery offset”. Adjust the image visually.


  • Find a building on the satellite imagery and trace it with the “Area” tool
  • Label the area as “Building” (building=yes), then correct for right angles with the “S” key
  • Please map all the buildings you can see within the square that you choose - if you leave some buildings unmapped do not mark the square as ‘Completed.’
  • Avoid having building polygons touch each other.


  • Please map roads as completely as possible by connecting them to the main road networks where ever possible.
  • Very short segments that do not connect to anything should not be mapped.
  • Short segments of a road or path that you cannot see through the trees but seem very likely to exist should be mapped to keep the road complete.
  • Try and map a little beyond your task square so the person who maps the task square next to yours can easily connect them.
  • Always connect roads to other roads where they meet and avoid ending roads on polygon edges.
  • highway=primary,secondary - major roads that connect large cites and span long distances.
  • highway=tertiary - major local roads mostly having public transport access, to be judged by the mapper
  • highway=unclassified - minor local roads, to be judged by the mapper
  • highway=residential - city roads that are mostly for access to housing.
  • highway=Living street - narrow roads mostly access for houses, Alleys etc.
  • highway=footway - paths that are only accessible by foot.
  • For more guidance on tagging road type in Canada, visit here.

More Resources

  • Learn to Map, or brush up on your mapping skills: High quality data is important, and we have a lot of materials online to help. Visit Missing Map’s Beginner Guide and LearnOSM
  • For more on OSM mapping in Canada, visit here
  • For guidance on tagging features in Canada, visit here
  • For general guidance on tagging features in OSM visit here

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