[HOT] Tagging hut=yes

Russell Deffner russell.deffner at hotosm.org
Wed Sep 30 13:33:31 UTC 2015

Dale, hopefully you meant “building=hut” not capitalized?


All, I agree with most in this thread, but there was a mention of the ‘HOT Workflow’; which I would clarify as being: create instructions assuming most mappers will have no local knowledge; so typically that means – building=yes is always ‘correct’ until someone who knows for sure can ‘upgrade’ the tag; doesn’t matter so much if point/polygon is used as a single node with building=yes as the only tag can always be upgraded as well (however, for some projects we are actually trying to get accurate building footprints accurate for estimations, etc. – so that should be specified in the instructions). Otherwise, if we are trying to map specific things like schools, or huts, etc. then that should be specified in the project instructions with a link to a tracing guide or further instructions for how to identify the feature and of course the appropriate tag(s) to use.


Just my 2,



From: Dale Kunce [mailto:dale.kunce at gmail.com] 
Sent: Tuesday, September 29, 2015 7:58 PM
To: Courtney Clark; Suzan Reed
Cc: hot at openstreetmap.org; chris zontine
Subject: Re: [HOT] Tagging hut=yes


At the Red Cross we've used building =Hut looking at fire prevention in Uganda in 2012. Generally these buildings were round and all tags were field verified. We also use it in some field mapping activities once we know the basic construction type. However, I agree with a lot that has been said already. Using building=Hut is case specific and shouldn't apply to all round buildings, no matter where they are. 


On Tue, Sep 29, 2015, 9:01 PM Courtney Clark <courtneyclark8 at gmail.com> wrote:

I agree with Suzan and Jorieke, both in general and specifically as someone closely involved with the project around task 1034. While this issue may still be in discussion among the HOT community, I can say that for this project, the simple building tag is preferred instead of hut. 


Thank you, Chris, both for asking this question and for helping with our task! 


On Tuesday, September 29, 2015, Suzan Reed <suzan at suzanreed.com> wrote:


In many countries people’s houses, churches, workshops and other buildings are round, not square. Or, a building can be a combination of round and square. So tagging should be building=yes. Just because a building is round does not make it a “hut”, whatever that means. It’s a home, church, or industrial building same as if it were square.

Two cents from me.



On Sep 29, 2015, at 4:15 PM, Jorieke Vyncke <jorieke.vyncke at gmail.com> wrote:

Hi all,

Just giving my two cents.

For me mapping a building like a hut does not signify a lot.
What is exactly a hut? Is it just a round building? Round buildings
can be made out of several materials and have several different
functions. Also why would a round building get another tag if a square
building is almost the same size, made out of the same materials and
has the same function?

What significant is for me, is that it is a house, a granary or a roof
to hide against the sun. Also the material of what it is made of is
significant: roof out of straw or metal, walls out of bricks or clay
... In my opinion drawing a circle and tagging it with building = yes
, and potentially other tags is the best.

For me mapping buildings as huts doesn't signify a lot, on the
contrary, I don't know what people who are living in the mapped 'huts'
will think of it that their house is mapped like a 'hut'. I suppose it
depends on how 'huts' are perceived in every culture. So yes also for
this reason I prefer mapping: building=yes.

Like I said, just my two cents :-)

Best greetings,


2015-09-29 11:55 GMT, john whelan <jwhelan0112 at gmail.com>:
> The HOT convention seems to be tag them building=yes.  OSM and HOT are
> slightly different in OSM it is acceptable to tag a node rather than the
> HOT convention circle.  Because HOT has a lot of very new mappers and their
> work is validated ie often corrected I think it is important to clarify
> this.
> Also the training material needs to be considered, having one answer in one
> place and having the training material say something else would be awkward.
> Cheerio John
> On 28 September 2015 at 22:29, Dale Kunce <dale.kunce at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Chris,
>> I would use the more widely used tag building=hut.
>> https://taginfo.openstreetmap.org/search?q=hut#values
>> Dale
>> On Sun, Sep 27, 2015 at 8:51 PM, chris zontine <chriszontine at icloud.com>
>> wrote:
>>> Greetings.
>>> I was involved in mapping task 1034 and a fellow mapper mentioned they
>>> used the tag hut=yes in place of building=yes. I looked up the use of
>>> key
>>> hut[1] and apparently it is used but in very limited circumstances.
>>> The mapper said it was used to map a circular structure so I presume the
>>> usage was correct. Given the lack of general use what is the consensus
>>> on
>>> using this tag?
>>> [1] http://taginfo.openstreetmap.org/search?q=hut)
>>> Chris Zontine
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