[Tagging] Topographic place names

Andrew Errington erringtona at gmail.com
Tue Dec 10 11:03:28 UTC 2013

On Tue, 10 Dec 2013 19:26:55 Steve Bennett wrote:
> Hi all,
>   My cycletouring map, http://cycletour.org, has been slowly morphing into
> a general topographic map[1]. One thing that's missing, though, is names
> for topographic features like mountain ranges, spurs, and general areas.
> Looking at http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Category:En:Key:natural,
> there seem to be some gaps.
> - how do you tag a mountain range? That is, not a single ridge or mountain,
> but a line of mountains, potentially hundreds or even thousands of
> kilometres long
> - how do you tag a spur? In Australia, many spurs are named, ("Champion
> spur", "Son of a bitch spur"). natural=ridge perhaps?
> - how do you name a generic geographic feature, like a cluster of rocks
> ("Mushroom rocks") or a vague features like "the blowhole", "something
> hollow". The tags are all very specific and seem to imply the ability to
> render it somehow other than using words. (I have ended up using
> place=locality for some of these but it doesn't seem right.)
> Steve
> [1] See this area for instance: http://bit.ly/1gVmycD

Yes please!  I just added some hiking trails and had a named spur[1] that I 
wanted to record.  I used place=locality, but it seems wrong for the same 
reasons you give.  I'd suggest that since we have natural=peak, and 
natural=saddle we should have natural=spur.  natural=ridge, if it's not 
already used, should be for ridges.  Perhaps we could also have 
natural=feature for a general named 'thing' that is visible and well known.  
Could be any sort of rock, outcrop, fissure etc.


[1] http://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=15/35.7236/128.0624&layers=C

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