[Tagging] Standard for external links to location based services

Eugene Alvin Villar seav80 at gmail.com
Thu Oct 18 15:40:08 BST 2012

On Thu, Oct 18, 2012 at 10:25 PM, Simone Saviolo
<simone.saviolo at gmail.com> wrote:
> 2012/10/18 Eugene Alvin Villar <seav80 at gmail.com>
>> On Fri, Oct 12, 2012 at 4:15 PM, Simone Saviolo
>> <simone.saviolo at gmail.com> wrote:
>> > 2012/10/12 Eugene Alvin Villar <seav80 at gmail.com>
>> >>
>> >> However, I personally don't think your example of putting the URLs to
>> >> a place's webpage on foursquare, Google+, Yelp, TripAdvisor, etc. is
>> >> the way to go.
>> >>
>> >> OSM is not a link directory so adding many such links on the OSM
>> >> database doesn't seem appropriate. One or two is maybe OK.
>> >
>> >
>> > I don't agree. If we follow that reasoning consistently, we may conclude
>> > that tagging a bar on OSM is wrong, because OSM is not a bar directory,
>> > and
>> > its name may change, and it may close, etc.
>> The difference between a link directory and a bar directory is that
>> bars have physical locations and make them amenable to be included in
>> the OSM database.
>> That is not the case with links to third-party websites.
> Ok, then what about their opening hours? What about their operator, or their
> cuisine?

There's actually a case for not including these things into the OSM
database. It should be possible to create an OpenAmenityDatabase for
these things and to interlink them with the OSM database for location.

That said, most people expect to include information like opening
hours and operators into the OSM database as these are intrinsic
properties of these amenities. Links to web pages *about* the amenity
on third-party websites are not intrinsic properties.

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