[Tagging] New proposal: water=*

M∡rtin Koppenhoefer dieterdreist at gmail.com
Fri Apr 1 16:55:06 BST 2011

2011/4/1 Ilya Zverev <zverik at textual.ru>

> On Fri, 1 Apr 2011 17:35:37 +0200, M∡rtin Koppenhoefer
> <dieterdreist at gmail.com> wrote:
> >> what natural=water on an area means. Is this area a lake, a pond? We
> have
> >> no means to determine that now.
> >
> > could you expand what a "pond" is? I get several translations for this,
> > ranging from natural to artificial bodies of water.
> I stick to wikipedia's definition: "a body of standing water, either
> natural or man-made, that is usually smaller than a lake". If it has "Pond"
> in the name — it is a pond. Probably it's what you call a fountain (?).

no, a fountain is an artificial structure. There are IMHO no natural

So looking at wikipedia also for lake I found that basically the main
difference between the two is the size but also, how deep it is. If it were
only the size this tag would not be needed, because unless you draw lakes as
single nodes the size is already immanent in the db.

> How do you suggest
> > would a large fountain (not sure if "fountain" applies to the kind of big
> flat
> > water areas you can typically find in front of castles which are
> positioned
> > there to reflect the castle?) be tagged?
> (wiki.osm.org)
> "...most fountains should be tagged as nodes amenity=fountain representing
> the location of the fountain sitting within an area of natural=water" (plus
> water=pond on the area, since fountains are usually found in [man-made]
> bodies of standing water).

yes, but a fountain is a piece of architecture, which either pours water or
jets it into the air (wikipedia). For the case in question I'd prefer
water=reflecting_pool like suggested by Nathan Edgars II.

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