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Subject: [OASIS Issue Tracker] (EMERGENCY-10) Use Area Description field to name polygons

    [ https://tools.oasis-open.org/issues/browse/EMERGENCY-10?page=com.atlassian.jira.plugin.system.issuetabpanels:comment-tabpanel&focusedCommentId=37579#comment-37579 ] 

Art Botterell commented on EMERGENCY-10:

The original concept was that an Area was the semantic atom of geography, which might be defined in terms of multiple polygons and/or circles as well as (vexed case!) geocodes.  We went through some gyrations to provide for intersections, unions and differences of geometry in a way that would be comprehensible to non-GIS-expert alert authors and implementers

So my immediate reaction... leaving aside the whole event-vs-alert ambiguity discussed elsewhere... is that if there's a need for multiple names there's a need for multiple Areas.

Again, the issue of impact vs. warning area needs a high-level discussion.  Do we need two different subclasses of Area?  Perhaps.  But personally I don't see naming individual polygons as particularly useful.  (Although as ever I'm willing to hear it explained!)

> Use Area Description field to name polygons
> -------------------------------------------
>                 Key: EMERGENCY-10
>                 URL: https://tools.oasis-open.org/issues/browse/EMERGENCY-10
>             Project: OASIS Emergency Management TC
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: CAP 
>            Reporter: Tony Mancuso
>              Labels: CAP
> Norm Mueller: alert.info.area.areaDesc: Use the Area Description field to name polygons. Is there a need to add fields for naming polygons?  

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