[Tagging] What is OSM: a base layer for individual maps, or a fully featured geobased information system?

Frederik Ramm frederik at remote.org
Wed Apr 2 18:18:12 UTC 2014


On 02.04.2014 17:20, André Pirard wrote:
>>> BUT: I asked OsmAnd to render the tag, and the
>>> answer was - quite understandable: "/Only officially supported tags will
>>> be rendered/". 

>> This is silly. How do they define "officially supported tag"? There's no
>> such thing in OpenStreetMap.

> I wonder why you find Osmand or other persons silly when they wonder
> what and how they should render of the mass we produce,

I find it silly to say "we only render officially supported tags". Not
more, not less.

> On the other hand, I wonder what the ranted expression "tagging for the
> renderer" means.

It means deliberately mapping things differently than they are on the
ground in order to achieve a desired rendering result.

> What I find silly is to tag say apartments or kayak wharf, whatever, and
> spend lots of OSM change sets trying to pick one of the well defined
> tags rendering them "not for the renderer".
> Is it silly to want those features to show other than like the invisible
> man on the recreation_ground or summer_resort among the other features
> nicely showing on that ground, and the miniature_golf not showing like
> the Adam's and Eve's orchard?

Problem is that while "wanting things to show on the map" is a strong
motivator for people, it doesn't scale - we are not far from the point
where for every feature we add to our main map we have to remove another
feature from this map. The map is already saturated with features. Still
we hope that we can motivate people to add more detail - but such
motivation must come through specialist applications and maps, and not
be defined by "this shows on the main map and this doesn't".

> *render=<**wikimedia-color
> <http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wiki_color_formatting_help>**>*

> Chaos you said?  Not.

Perhaps we should simply let people edit tiles with the Gimp ;)


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