[Tagging] is tourism a good category for everything cultural?

M∡rtin Koppenhoefer dieterdreist at gmail.com
Mon Aug 23 16:19:00 BST 2010

2010/8/23 Peteris Krisjanis <pecisk at gmail.com>:
> 2010/8/23 M∡rtin Koppenhoefer <dieterdreist at gmail.com>:
>> 2010/8/22 Claudius Henrichs <claudius.h at gmx.de>:
>> I'd very much like to see a toplevel-tag cultural (and probably
>> another one accomodation).

> In fact, culture is so overwhelmingly general word, that it can be
> anything. I would avoid to use it.

actually I chose it because it is quite generic and there is a lot of
feature which best fits in there IMHO (libraries, museums, artwork,
theatres, cinemas, etc.)

> It would help to see which old tags you think must be under new
> cultural toplevel tag.

For museums but especially for artwork like sculptures and mosaics
(the description is kind of suboptimal on the wiki, see:
I do despute that they belong to tourism. Why should a sculpture be
associated with tourism?

But also the already mentioned picnic-site and zoos have the least to
do with tourism. Almost any feature can on the other hand be
associated with tourism (beach, river, lake, forest, tree, mountains,
fountains, churches, ...), even prisons ;-).

Another point is that we already have leisure. Tourism is probably a
subclass of leisure, some of the tourism-features might fit better in
leisure (e.g. picnic-site, zoo). (but it can also be seen the other
way round: leisure is a subclass of tourism, see below).

The World Tourism Organization defines tourists as people who "travel
to and stay in places outside their usual environment for more than
twenty-four (24) hours and not more than one consecutive year for
leisure, business and other purposes not related to the exercise of an
activity remunerated from within the place visited."

I would not use tourism in OSM at all, as it can easily be devided
into the things that are now (partly) subsummized: accomodation,
eating and drinking, places of historical and/or cultural interest,
amenities like picnic places, natural features, leisure features like
zoos, etc.


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