[OSM-dev] Ponderings about an improved tagging scheme
frederik at remote.org
Thu Feb 19 22:35:11 GMT 2009
Steve Hill wrote:
> I've been thinking about ways to improve the way objects are tagged in OSM
> - for a long time I've seen some problems with the way we currently tag
> things, and I finally got around to writing down some of my thoughts on
> the subject.
I *had* been wondering; we had the usual recurring left-right tagging
discussion but the bi-monthly Absolutely New And Improved Tagging Scheme
was overdue for a while. Thanks for jumping in and helping us out ;-)
Your concept is utterly unworkable of course with the current software
landscape, but if we leave that aside for a moment, then you do have an
interesting point, in fact one that was raised by Jochen and myself in
our April 2007 data model paper, back when we were still young and
believed we could change the world.
Quoting from that paper:
"Instead of having a geometric object with some properties, we instead
think of objects with some properties (like “this is a museum” and “this
has the name Natural History Museum”) and the added property of “this
object is positioned at such and such a location”. ... So the geometry
is not the object itself, as it is now, but it is just one property of
some kind of abstract object."
I believe this is indeed the way many pros are doing it - there is an
object and the geometry is one of many properties of the object. It is a
concept to keep in mind for the more distant future; I don't think we
should aim to do it with the current implementation of relations though.
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