[Tagging] I started a draft on a new "main" key culture

M∡rtin Koppenhoefer dieterdreist at gmail.com
Sun Nov 7 16:59:31 GMT 2010

2010/11/7 Sam Vekemans <acrosscanadatrails at gmail.com>:
> Hi,
> Adding 'culture=community_center' and culture=community_centre' would helpfull.
> although there needs to be a clear difference from 'tourism' key.

I think the current definition of tourism is not too bad: "Places and
things of specific interest to tourists: places to see, places to
stay, things and places providing support."

I'd adjust the definition to reality: "Places and things provided
mainly or exclusively for tourists and visitors".

Places to stay have never been part of "tourism" in OSM, "things of
specific interest" might be OK, but might be of "specific interests to
locals" as well. "places to see" is also not the point of a definition
IMHO. It is OK for tourism=attraction (which itself might merit a
subtag  to get a finer graduation of hierarchy, say 3 levels) to flag
otherwise already described elements. E.g. a fountain, a church, an
opera, a museum, a lake, a waterfall, a statue, a square, ... But
besides an "interesting for tourists"-flag I don't see a point in
putting any of these in tourism.

> perhaps 'tourism' is reserved for things that are designed primarly
> for the benifit of visitors to the area, were 'culture' is more for
> locals 'cultural activities/things/places.

I don't think "culture" has to be reduced according to an expected or
supposed audience. It would not really help IMHO. I'm fine with your


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