[Tagging] surface=ground/dirt/earth

Russell Deffner russell.deffner at hotosm.org
Thu Mar 13 16:09:06 UTC 2014

My two cents:

"dirt" maybe applies only to road surface
"ground" human impacted 'earth'
"earth" as natural as remains depending on location


-----Original Message-----
From: Georg Feddern [mailto:osm at bavarianmallet.de] 
Sent: Thursday, March 13, 2014 10:03 AM
To: Tag discussion, strategy and related tools
Subject: Re: [Tagging] surface=ground/dirt/earth

Am 13.03.2014 15:56, schrieb fly:
> On 13.03.2014 15:37, Fernando Trebien wrote:
>> But do you think that earth and ground are different kinds of surface?
> Well, I would consider earth as earth where ground could be earth but
> does not have to be.
> All together, I think we could get rid of at least one out of the three
> tags after updating the descriptions but this will not that easy with
> existing tags in common use.

aehm, well - and which one would you get rid of?

Some times ago I remember a likewise identical discussion at the german 

Used for ways where the underground consists of different and often 
changing parts like rock, earth, vegetation (generic value) - as you say 

Used for ways where the underground consists of - well, earth (natural 
sand) constantly.

See above - the term seems to be outside of OSM used for a "man made" / 
constructed work - which inside OSM seems to be the (defined) value 

So I would get rid of dirt, but keep 'earth' beside 'ground' as a useful 
value (smooth walking on hiking trails) .


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