[HOT] What tags are currently used in HOT? (Was: NEPAL/Taginfo instance)

Will Skora skorasaurus at gmail.com
Mon May 4 21:48:33 UTC 2015

Hi Stefan,

I posted yesterday but I forgot to CC you and edit the subject line.

Since OSM doesn't have very rigid rules of what tags to use, some
geographic areas and communities of interest (like HOT) may use a tag
slightly different than in other areas or not use a tag at all.

The HOT (HDM) Tagging Preset -
http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Humanitarian_OSM_Tags/HDM_preset was
developed for HOT contexts but unique situations of what to tag arise,
often very quickly after a disaster or event that HOT responds to (known as
an activation), and a new tag is quickly decided on.

Thus, particular objects, like an IDP camp, haven't been added to the
preset or to the map renderings that you've mentioned. That discussion will
need to happen here and in the working groups.

Secondly, a geographic area usually has its own page on the OSM wiki how to
tag commonly found features and any tagging nuances.
Nepal's is at

^^^^^^ I encourage a lot of new mappers to read this and encourage comments
and feedback. ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Note if you want to edit the wiki, you
have to make an account separate from your OpenStreetMap.org account.

Lastly, and most importantly to determine what tags to use are in the
task's Instructions.

So if you read of any conflicting information between what's in the HOT
preset, wiki, and what's mentioned in the Task Manager, err on the side of
the task manager.

You aren't required to use the preset for HOT mapping, but if you're
interested, it's only available for JOSM. Installation instructions are at
http://learnosm.org/en/editing/josm-presets/  and select the HDM/HOT

I hope it makes mapping easier for you.

Secondly, as a relatively experienced HOT contributor and mapper, I thank
the new OpenStreetMap users. This response is not like anything before and
as you have seen, your contributions have been truly helpful and made a
Hope to you see your participation in the future.

Will (skorasaurus)

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> Message: 9
> Date: Mon, 4 May 2015 20:58:46 +0200
> From: Stefan Keller <sfkeller at gmail.com>
> To: hot at openstreetmap.org
> Subject: Re: [HOT] What tags are currently used in HOT? (Was:
>         NEPAL/Taginfo   instance)
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> I'd like to setup a data extract and a humanitarian style.
> I know the JOSM HOT Presets,the Humanitarian style of osm.org and
> http://tiles.openterrain.org/?humaniterrain from Stamen.
> But none of them contain or show e.g. keys idp:camp_site or
> building:structure.
> And the wiki page http://wiki.osm.org/wiki/Humanitarian_OSM_Tags
> doesn't mention them neither.
> Each HOT task seems to suggest different tags with mostly only
> building=yes and highway=residential in common(?).
> Can someone enlighten me about the common used HOT tags and where they
> are documented?
> -S.
> >
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