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When tracing a parking lot do you just do one large polygon over the pavement and inner islands, do you trace only the physical spots tracing around the Islands or do you do something else entirely? What do you think is the best practice, and what are your best tips when adding and mapping parking lots?

asked 08 Nov '12, 16:36

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edited 08 Nov '12, 16:59

I would draw a polygon of the hard area with the main service roads. Any paths or tracks should connect to the roads for routing purposes.Prices, retrictions,the number of spaces should be added and possibly height restrictions so hiking groups or camper vans may know it's suitable. I think adding all the lanes is a bit excessive but in some areas mappers do the lot and that is ok if consistant with other work in the area. see

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answered 08 Nov '12, 21:06

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You could just search the map for others work and just inspect it in the editor.

(08 Nov '12, 21:09) andy mackey

Adding more data is also ok if it is not consistent with other work in the area. When you want to increase the level of detail, you have to start somewhere.

(08 Nov '12, 22:11) Tordanik

Indicating wether the parking is free or not (fee=yes/no) is usefull, but the actual price should probably be left out, as it may change fairly frequently and can be complicated.

(09 Nov '12, 16:19) Vincent de P... ♦

Tordanik yes good point. Vincent in the digital age I would think we could keep up with prices that don't change that often, they will be close to correct we hope.

(09 Nov '12, 16:32) andy mackey

I'd add all the lanes if practical (not always practical), mostly because some carparks, notoriously American shopping centers and most airports, tend to be a pain in the ass to find your way out of. Also has the upswing of having a Garmin direct you to the princess parking row when navigating to a store within a shopping center.

(11 Nov '12, 00:27) Baloo Uriza

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