[Tagging] If a school is a shelter when a disaster happens...

Dongpo Deng dongpo.deng at gmail.com
Wed Dec 30 15:33:45 UTC 2015


Hi all,

There is a problem for tagging shelters. In Taiwan, some of schools are
selected to be shelters for villages or small regions when a disaster
happens. However, it is conflict to annotate two amenities on a geometry
object. That is, we cannot simultaneously use amenity = school and amenity
= social_facility; social_facility = shelter for a school with shelter
functionality.

Some Taiwanese mappers proposed to add 'emergency' as prefix for
distinguishing shelter, e.g.,
emergency : amenity =  amenity
emergency : social_facility = shelter

http://www.openstreetmap.org/relation/4790949

I'm just wondering if it is a good manner for this case. Because the tag
'emergency' is used for emergency facilities but not including shelters.
Thus, adding emergency prefix to amenity is suitable? Any suggestions for
such situation?

Cheers,
Dongpo
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