[Tagging] Sports_centre, gym, dojo

Brad Neuhauser brad.neuhauser at gmail.com
Sun Apr 10 04:41:02 BST 2011

Hi, just following up on the gym/fitness centre thread.  I found the talk
page [1] where this discussion has apparently been going on for a couple
years (I know, shocking, isn't it?).   I noticed a note on the bottom of the
page that a bot changed ~1500 gyms to sport=gymnastics!?  Anyone know if
this is accurate?  It would certainly explain the relative lack of gyms...

Cheers, Brad

PS--To me, fitness centre would eliminate any possible confusion with other
usages of gym or gymnasium, but if gym has already been in wide usage, it'll
PPS--In the US, "gymnasium" is definitely not limited to places where people
do gymnastics, as mike said it's a large indoor room for a variety of
sports--like basketball and volleyball--and also sometimes events like
assemblies or dances.

[1]  http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Talk:Proposed_features/Gym

On Fri, Apr 8, 2011 at 7:48 PM, David Murn <davey at incanberra.com.au> wrote:

> On Fri, 2011-04-08 at 15:24 -0400, Richard Weait wrote:
> > Also locally, a "gymnasium" is a large indoor sport floor which can be
> > configured for multiple sports like gymnastics, basketball,
> > volleyball, murderball, etc.  taginfo says only 16 instances of
> > leisure=gymnasium are in OSM at the moment.  A lone gymnasium would
> > seem unusual around here.  They are typically included as part of a
> > leisure=sports_centre.  Does that match with experiences elsewhere?
> >
> > Is the distinction between gym and gymnasium too fine?  Should
> > synonyms be found?
> I think the distinction is fairly clear.  A 'gymnasium' is where
> gymnastics are done (such as spring board, horse, and various rolls and
> flips.  A 'gym' is more where you stay in one place (or move from
> location to location after a period of time) but specifically target one
> area, for example bench-press, chin-ups or sit-ups/push-ups.
> > And what about martial arts dojos?  Amenity=dojo and sport=dojo are
> > rare indeed with only a handful of entries.
> I suspect that in western culture, gyms are much more common than
> dojo's.  The fact that theyre rare in OSM, I believe is indicative of
> their relative rarity (when compared to gyms) in the western world.
> David
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