[Tagging] Combining gas stations & convenience stores

Colin Smale colin.smale at xs4all.nl
Thu Dec 11 07:55:54 UTC 2014


I agree with Greg. Many people still think it is possible to get
worldwide consensus on tagging. This will never happen as long as the
tags are so subjective. Check out the thread on the definitions of
cafe/restaurant/fast_food for a wonderful case of what happens if the
input side rules the project. You have heard of ROM? Ever heard of WOM?
A large part of the IT budget of large companies is spent on
"understanding" the data they already have. Missing or incorrect
documentation, misuse of fields (overloading), no data quality
control... I spend my life trying to save them money. Unfortunately
every day they are still creating more of tomorrow's "legacy." 

Unless someone wants to declare OSM to be a "big data" project (store
everything you have, just in case it's useful later) and get IBM Watson
to find your nearest place to buy a burger. 


On 2014-12-11 08:34, Martin Vonwald wrote: 

> 2014-12-11 0:52 GMT+01:00 Greg Troxel <gdt at ir.bbn.com>:
>> The main reason is that while designign complicated tagging seems to be
>> what people do, tagging designs should be done from the point of view of
>> those writing code to consume the database and do something useful.
> 100% incorrect. 
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