[Tagging] Study area

Dave Swarthout daveswarthout at gmail.com
Thu Feb 27 00:48:57 UTC 2014

@Martin, I'm not sure about the status of the books but that's not the
prominent feature of this place. I will go back for more details later but
it is definitely not a library.
@Stephan - neither Punspace or Guru's Box are tagged. I brought that fact
up during the meeting we had there and nobody had any ideas. Punspace is
similar to the place I'm reporting here except it is not free and available
for short term rental only.

As for tags, maybe amenity=study_area along with fee=y/n, wifi=y/n

There is only one instance of the term "study area" (without underscore) in
the OSM world now. There are a few uses of meeting_point as well but this
place was quiet when I visited and its occupants appeared to be studying —
probably not a good place for meetings which usually involve conversation.
The only photos I have are of the signage and there is no mention of
purpose or intent on them. The coffee shop inside is called "Hangout cafe".

On Wed, Feb 26, 2014 at 10:43 PM, Martin Koppenhoefer <
dieterdreist at gmail.com> wrote:

> 2014-02-26 10:23 GMT+01:00 Dave Swarthout <daveswarthout at gmail.com>:
> Hi,
>> I've come across something I've never seen before in a new shopping mall
>> in Chiang Mai (Thailand). It is a large area inside a multi-storey shopping
>> complex that is very similar to a college study hall. It is an enclosed and
>> air conditioned area equipped with tables and chairs, desks, couches,
>> cushions, even individual glassed in rooms which can be used for meetings
>> and conversation.
>> There is a coffee shop inside but no purchase is required to use the
>> facility. There is free wi-fi with the purchase of food or drinks,
>> plentiful electrical outlets for running laptops or charging phones, books
>> to be borrowed or exchanged, and it's open 24/7. When I visited it was full
>> of people, mostly younger folks, and was quite quiet, like a study hall
>> might be in a college.
>> It's quite an impressive resource but I can find no way to tag it.  This
>> one is named merely "Camp".
>> Has anyone seen similar facilities elsewhere?
> I have seen spaces like this in university libraries, you also write about
> "books to be borrowed or exchanged", maybe it is a kind of library? Maybe
> you have to propose a new tag. Could you publish a photo from the place?
> cheers,
> Martin

Dave Swarthout
Homer, Alaska
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Travel Blog at http://dswarthout.blogspot.com
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