[Tagging] Feature Proposal - Voting - (automated_external_defibrillator)

John F. Eldredge john at jfeldredge.com
Mon Sep 30 18:03:58 UTC 2013

On 09/30/2013 11:59 AM, Matthijs Melissen wrote:
> On 30 September 2013 18:22, fly <lowflight66 at googlemail.com 
> <mailto:lowflight66 at googlemail.com>> wrote:
>     Major problem I find is that using a abbreviation is not the way
>     we tag
>     in OSM and it is often misleading.
> We do use abbreviations for keys/values: for example mtb, bmx, hgv, 
> psv, url, rcn.
> In this particular case, I think more people have familiarity with the 
> abbreviation than with the full term, so I see here nothing wrong with 
> sticking to the abbreviation. Or are you proposing to start using 
> uniform_resource_locator as well?
> -- Matthijs
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I think that it would be better to use the spelled-out term 
automated_external_defibrillator rather than the acronym AED, to avoid 
potential confusion.  The OpenStreetMap database is intended for 
international use, and the spelled-out term is less ambiguous. It would 
be possible for the wiki to link the AED acronym to the page listing the 
spelled-out term, and the wiki could explain why the spelled-out term is 
preferable for tagging.

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