[Tagging] power=* tag: minor_line vs. line

François Lacombe fl.infosreseaux at gmail.com
Tue Oct 13 20:48:58 UTC 2015

(Sent from a phone)

Hi David,

Many opinion exists regarding the minor or not line qualification and still
no consensus.

As consumers may not be able to make the right distinction between minor or
major lines, I assume using power=line only, in continental France and
always in combination with voltage=* and operator=*.

Thus both users and mappers only have information instead of hypothesis and
can make the distinction they want from the voltage, location and operating

Additionally, underground power paths use to be mapped with power=cable +

Let us know if you have better idea to improve power line mapping ;)

All the best


Le 13 oct. 2015 5:50 PM, "David Marchal" <penegal at live.fr> a écrit :
> Well, I thought underground lines was to be tagged as `power=line`;
besides, I thought like you at first, but I've been told on the
help.openstreetmap.org link that the distribution/transmission parting
should not be taken into primary consideration, maybe because the
difference is not obvious for people unaccustomed with the power networks
who only want to map the line they see, but primarily on a lanscape point
of view, which takes sense, as a naive map reader won't try to interpret
the power lines map as distribution/transmission, but mainly as landmarks,
in which case the landscape criteria makes sense.
> ________________________________
> From: bryan at 7thposition.com
> Date: Tue, 13 Oct 2015 10:16:55 -0400
> To: tagging at openstreetmap.org
> Subject: Re: [Tagging] power=* tag: minor_line vs. line
> A simper way to describe this would be to say that:
> `power=line` is for “transmission”
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electric_power_transmission
> `power=minor_line` is for “distribution”
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electric_power_distribution
> Trying to define this based on line voltage or tower heights or danger to
aircraft is silly.  Transmission and distribution lines can be located
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