[Tagging] Childcare Tag

Frederik Ramm frederik at remote.org
Fri Jul 19 07:15:58 UTC 2013


On 07/19/2013 03:33 AM, Serge Wroclawski wrote:
>> Of the solutions, I feel that calling it what it's called locally is
>> preferable.  Anyone who cares to compare across countries is going to have
>> to parse the location first anyway.
> We've managed to handle creating definitions that we could use
> worldwide for pretty much everything else, including roads, sports,
> other schools, various amenities, etc.

Have we really?

In Italy (and Martin will correct me if I'm wrong), a "bar" will 
typically open in the morning and you can have breakfast there. Has that 
lead to OSM using "amenity=cafe" for these businesses because in other 
countries a "bar" tends to be mainly for evening drinks, or are we using 
"amenity=bar" in Italy and counting on the map user to know that this is 
something different in different places?

(A quick count tells me that we have 7941 "bars" and 7209 "cafes" in 
Italy, while we have 3330 "bars" and 19319 "cafes" in Germany, this 
makes it seem likely that we do indeed use amenity=bar in Italy for 
things that would not be called a bar in Germany.)

Personally I don't think that it would be terribly bad if 
amenity=kindergarten would mean something else in the US than in 
Germany, for example.

(I *would* find it strange though if anything from elementary school 
upwards would be classed as "childcare" - in my mind, the focus in 
school is on teaching something, and the focus in childcare is on 
supervision. But maybe that's a cultural bias too?)


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