I am mapping Newcastle (Australia) and surrounding areas. When adding feature sources there are 10 or 20 that are frequently used and rather than fully cite them (many are very long) I use an abbreviation, eg ‘Aerials: 1944’ or ‘Brown (2015)’ for a book reference. Assuming, of course, that other users can figure out what this means.
First question, is this valid provided I start a community project page to index the common references. (What do others do?).
Second question, is there a shorthand way of referring to or linking to the community page?
Third question, how do I create a community page? I have an OSM wiki account but cannot see how to create a page.
So I found the answer to the third question, for OSM anyway, is it the same process?
maybe this can interest you OpenHistoricalMap/Projects - OpenStreetMap Wiki, you should be able to elaborate on the different sources you use.
Yes, some of these community project pages are about localities and do indeed list sources. That would be a fine practice, although I still tend to put as much detail in
source tags as I can, just in case there’s any potential for confusion. If you do rely on a community project page, then it’s probably a good idea to link that page from the OHM feature somehow, perhaps using
Also, if you start an OHM community project page about a locality, please make sure the main OSM Wiki page about that locality links to the OHM page. It’s a great way to spread the word about OHM among OSM mappers who may otherwise be unaware that there’s a place for historical mapping, and a good opportunity for the local OSM and OHM contributors to share notes.