[Tagging] man_made=mast for non communication uses?

Dave Swarthout daveswarthout at gmail.com
Thu Feb 18 00:12:41 UTC 2016

Is the problem here basically one of rendering? A man_made mast can have
many functions, whether guyed or not, and those functions can be further
specified in subservient tags. If the next tag is mast=lighting or
mast:type=lighting this can be shown with a proper icon. Similarly for
mast=communication or mast=loud_speaker.

A similar scheme is already in use with man_made=tower. There are several
tower:type tags in use to clarify their function and their display on a map.

On Thu, Feb 18, 2016 at 4:05 AM, Marc Zoutendijk <marczoutendijk at mac.com>

> On 17 feb. 2016, at 21:22 Martin Koppenhoefer wrote:
> Generally, when the definitions in OSM are different from what a person
> speaking the language might expect, it doesn't work. The issue here:
> "small" "a few meters high" seems not pertinent for radio masts which are
> among the tallest man made structures on earth, particularly when made of
> concrete or steel they can be hundreds of meters high. A quick image search
> confirms this (no small structures at all had been found)
> I was talking about a mast, not about towers.
> The wiki (how “unlucky" it may be) is clear on the difference between a
> mast and a tower. [1]
> From a mast I'd expect to have guy wires, while a tower should typically
> be freestanding, so the word "small tower" doesn't seem to be a lucky
> choice either.
> I don’t expect guy wires, neither does the wiki, nor have I ever seen them
> in use for all (55 or so) man_made=mast structures that are in my
> neighbourhood (in the Nehterlands). Typically “small” masts of steel or
> concrete and about 5 - 15 meters high.
> But that was not my question in the first place, I asked for the use of:
> man_made=mast
> mast=lighting
> or
> mast:type=lighting
> Marc.
> [1] http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:man_made%3Dmast
> <http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:man_made=mast>
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Dave Swarthout
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