[HOT] Road classification system in Nepal

Brad Neuhauser brad.neuhauser at gmail.com
Tue Apr 28 15:46:24 UTC 2015

Longtime OSMer, infrequent HOTtie here, I wanted to follow up with a
question on road tagging: on the Nepal Roads page, there is a section on
Highways in Rural & Mountainous Areas which seems to imply that
highway=path is usually the correct tagging for these roads. Is this

Also, in rural areas, what is the "default" tag that people can use if
they're not sure how to classify a rural road/path? I haven't done a huge
amount of editing on these tasks, but I've seen highway=path,
highway=track, highway=road, highway=footpath, even highway=pedestrian
used. I think the road classifications in the task instructions are better
suited for urban areas, and more guidance for rural areas (where a lot of
tracing activity is) would be helpful.


On Mon, Apr 27, 2015 at 7:59 AM, Robert Banick <rbanick at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi All,
> Kathmandu Living Labs took the time to compile a really useful tagging
> guide specific to Nepal.
> There’s one specific tagging guide for roads here:
> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Nepal/Roads
> There’s a more general Nepal tagging guide here:
> https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AmYd3Y40Dfk8dGk4TzgtVmE5RExMVGNncEEzb2JtSHc&usp=drive_web#gid=0
> I would strongly recommend following KLL’s guidelines wherever possible,
> they put a lot of thought into crafting a tagging scheme specific to
> Nepal’s context.
> And for those who don’t know, a galli is an alley. Very useful word in
> Kathmandu :)
> Best,
> Robert
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> On Mon, Apr 27, 2015 at 12:20 PM, Pierre Béland <pierzenh at yahoo.fr> wrote:
>> Arun
>> I also saw a lot of inconsistencies. You can try to contact directly Nama
>> Budathoki on this list and from Kathmandu living lab in Kathandu.
>> They have some difficulties and they might not be online.
>> If you cannot contact, I suggest that you start to revise.
>> regard
>> Pierre
>>  ------------------------------
>> *De :* Arun Ganesh <arun.planemad at gmail.com>
>> *À :* "HOT at OSM (Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team)" <hot at openstreetmap.org>
>> *Envoyé le :* Lundi 27 avril 2015 5h49
>> *Objet :* [HOT] Road classification system in Nepal
>> There seems to be inconsistencies in how the roads are classified, with
>> many National Highways being marked as trunk, primary, secondary, tertiary
>> and even unclassified.
>> Based on
>> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Nepal/Roads#Road_Classification and
>> my own experience with roads in India, the tagging should probably be more
>> like this:
>> Trunk National Highway (ref=H##): trunk
>> Feeder Roads (ref=F##): primary
>> District Roads (ref=D##): secondary
>>  used with appropriate surface=* tag
>> Can someone from the ground make any recommendations based on practical
>> use? There does not seem to be any comprehensive documentation of how the
>> existing tagging scheme came about and it looks quite messy.
>> The forum has some discussion about this with no clear consensus:
>> http://forum.openstreetmap.org/viewtopic.php?id=30221
>> --
>>  Arun Ganesh
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>>   <http://j.mp/ArunGanesh>
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