[Tagging] Feature Proposal - RFC - Government offices

Matthijs Melissen info at matthijsmelissen.nl
Mon Feb 8 23:31:17 UTC 2016

On 27 January 2016 at 15:03, Frederik Ramm <frederik at remote.org> wrote:
> 1. In many western civilizations you have a division of state powers in
> an executive, a legislature, and a judiciary. I believe that you'd
> normally only call the executive "government", although colloquially
> people will say "the government has passed a law" or "the government has
> put him in prison" too.

Good point, I added an additional tag to clarify that all branches are included.

> For a government=* tag to succeed, it would have to be clearly
> delineated for what kinds of things it is to be used. The proposed
> definition is already murky; for example, a job centre or even a museum
> cashier could be "fully paid for by the government and completely
> controlled by them". This is not any better defined than
> amenity=public_building.

True, coming up with a precise definition is quite hard though. I
think I would like to include places like job centres, but exclude
museum cashiers or private bus/road work companies. Would something
like this work?

"The tag office=government is used to tag offices of a
(supra)national, regional or local government agency or department. In
these offices, staff directly paid for by the government carry out
administrative jobs to govern the area and/or people."

Could somebody (perhaps a native speaker) improve on this definition?

-- Matthijs

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