[Tagging] Mapping private home toilets

Ilpo Järvinen ilpo.jarvinen at helsinki.fi
Tue Mar 3 20:44:33 UTC 2015

On Tue, 3 Mar 2015, Bryce Nesbitt wrote:

> Here's a draft of a wiki tag for this:
> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Template:Mapping_Private_Property
> I'm not sure this fully captures the complexity though.  We want building
> outlines and perhaps private swimming pools as landuse indicators.
> OSM does indeed catalog objects available only to paying customers, like
> water taps, movie viewing screens, and sanitary dumps.

I think that we should draw more clear borderline between really closed 
circles private (mainly homes) and other semi-private objects, be it 
because of the customership, military area access restrictions, club 
members only, or for whatever.

The reasonale being that one very real use case is that some entity 
mapping/providing the private objects might want to create a local 
information map using standard OSM toolchains. I think it'd be a win-win 
situation for both the provider and OSM to have those features because it 
likely results in other, possible more important, objects related to that 
same provider (and even in its surroundings) getting some real interest 
too. Otherwise we'd be directing such entities towards closed alternatives 
which definately would be bad in the long term, IMHO.

> But I feel we don't want to direct map readers to put rubbish in private
> bins, urinate in people's home toilets, for draw water from people's sinks.

I agree, a separate keyspace such as private:*=* would be useful.


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