[Tagging] tower vs mast vs antenna

Martin Koppenhoefer dieterdreist at gmail.com
Thu Feb 7 11:55:47 UTC 2013

2013/2/7 Jonathan Bennett <jonobennett at gmail.com>:
> On 07/02/2013 11:33, Martin Koppenhoefer wrote:
>> but: there are antennas where the whole structure acts as antenna
>> (mast=antenna). Maybe this is an example:
> Yes, but unless you can explain, unambiguously how you identify those
> vs. other types of mask, you're going to hit a verifiability problem.
> I'd also say not having the distinction in OSM doesn't lose us much --
> people will still be able to identify that there's a structure there,
> and the general nature of the structure, and hence be able to navigate
> using it as a reference.
> So, if you do know the difference, please note it in an extra tag, but
> don't try to force most ordinary mappers to have to distinguish when
> they're unlikely to be able to do so. Does that sound reasonable?

My intention wasn't to force someone to use the man_made=antenna tag
(or any other tag). These tags are already in the database. My point
was that there might be some sense in distinguishing between
man_made=mast and man_made=antenna for roughly similar looking real
world objects. I agree that either of the two (especially together
with a height-tag) will be equally useful for many practical use cases
(like orienteering).


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