[Tagging] preproposal : internet webcam

Peter Wendorff wendorff at uni-paderborn.de
Sun Dec 1 17:11:12 UTC 2013

Am 01.12.2013 16:05, schrieb Egil Hjelmeland:
> On 01. des. 2013 15:28, Peter Wendorff wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I'm not happy with contact:webcam, as the contact namespace IMHO serves
>> a different purpose.
>> contact:webcam could define whom to contact for questions regarding the
>> webcam, or whom to contact BY webcam (as contact:phone is for how to
>> contact e.g. a shop by phone).
>> 1) I would change the order, as it's part of the webcam information, not
>> part of the contact information, which would lead to webcam:*
>> 2) I would use url instead of contact, if it should refer to where the
>> webcams output can be seen, whcih would lead to webcam:url=*
>> regards
>> Peter
> Check https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:contact
Yes, it's defined there, but that doesn't make it a good solution.
It's used 180 times worldwide according to taginfo.

A check through first 50 values listed in taginfo [1] reveals:
1) all of them are website urls
2) most of the URLs are dead or wrong
3) the valid ones are mixed: some refer to the image, some to a website
containing the image, some probably even to a fixed image (not updated),
but I couldn't check that properly.
4) 80 values are from the same domain and refer to cameras of the same
operator or organization:

To conclude this I would say:
The tag is not yet used much (especially due to (4)).
It is not used in a unified way (see (3))

Therefore it's not useable in the current form.

And as it doesn't fit semantically (it's not a URL to contact someone,
but to see something), I don't see a big issue in "fixing" that by
moving the tag to another key and to define it better.


[1] http://taginfo.openstreetmap.org/keys/contact%3Awebcam#values

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