[Tagging] Basic philosophy of OSM tagging

Warin 61sundowner at gmail.com
Wed Jan 14 00:28:38 UTC 2015

This comes from the tap discussion but has implications elsewhere.

What is the basic philosophy of OSM tagging at the top level?

Are 'we' tagging for

What things are? eg highways


What things are used for? eg amenity

Explanation? By example;

Highways are used for transport so would be better tagged as transport=motorway, sub tags for vehicles etc.


amenity=drinking_water would be better tagged as water=blubber

Is there an FAQ on this? Or has this never been documented/though of?
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