[Tagging] Feature Proposal - Draft - Depot

John Smith deltafoxtrot256 at gmail.com
Wed Jan 5 04:27:03 GMT 2011

On 5 January 2011 10:39, Stephen Hope <slhope at gmail.com> wrote:
> Then you get the ambiguous tags, which can be both.  What is a forest?
>  A place where forestry (timber cutting, etc) happens?  That's land

Actually I remember reading this in some other thread a long time ago,
a forest originally didn't necessarily have trees but was an area used
for hunting, so landuse would have been accurate, however as with any
living language the meaning of words change over time, like 'sad' for
instance, it has it's roots in 'sated' but the 2 words have completely
different meanings now.

> use.  A place where there's a lot of trees? - that's landcover.  If a
> military area allows timber cutting inside the military zone, then
> that is double land use.  But if it's just a bunch of trees, then the
> forest isn't a landuse tag, it's a landcover one.

While your example might be accurate, I doubt the 2 areas would match
identically, so you most likely would need 2 polygons.

> An agricultural school may have fields, orchards, cattle yards & barns
> etc in the school grounds. Should this landuse be a school or a farm,
> or both?  I'd be tempted to say just education myself, but I could see
> it going both ways.

In this case I'd be tempted to tag it in a similar manner as an
agricultural research area, or perhaps come up with a new tag, since
they're teaching agriculture rather than focusing on commercial
activities associated with agriculture.

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