[Tagging] man_made=mast for non communication uses?

Mark Bradley ethnicfoodisgreat at gmail.com
Thu Feb 18 01:40:29 UTC 2016

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> Date: Wed, 17 Feb 2016 15:42:55 +0100
> From: Marc Zoutendijk <marczoutendijk at mac.com>
> To: "Tag discussion, strategy and related tools"
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> Subject: [Tagging] man_made=mast for non communication uses?
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> Hi all,
> Currently man_made=mast has this wiki description:
> "A man_made=mast is usually a small tower of only a few meters height. It is often
> built from concrete or steel and only for a single application like a mobile phone base
> station."
> The part "only for a single application" almost always deals with communications, but
> does it has to be so?
> Recently someone was trying to map a number of street lamps that were really
> beyond the regular lamp pole idea. Tagging them with highway=street_lamp would
> not describe (fully) their function.
> You can see a picture of that situation here. [1] The location on the map is here. [2]
> On the map you can see that because of this tagging:
> man_made=mast
> mast=lighting
> they show up on the map as communication towers. Which of course looks rather
> weird. (*)(**)
> The design of the lighting on this square is part of the architectural design and could
> probably be tagged different to do more justice to this type of lighting.
> Another type of similar lighting is here [3] Do you think that extending the use of
> man_made=mast with the above used mast=lighting (or maybe better
> mast:type=lighting) is a useful adddition?
> Do you have any other thoughts on this?
> Thanks,
> Marc.
> [1]
> http://www.panoramio.com/photo_explorer#view=photo&position=23&with_photo_id
> =93337008&order=date_desc&user=7788600
> [2] http://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=19/52.23768/6.83967
> [3] http://zoom.nl/foto/full/landschap/kijfhoek-in-de-
> nacht.2436005.html?object=user&object_id=138053
> (*) The two leftmost lamp poles have been tagged with highway=street_lamp, and
> currently do not render
> (**) I found another example with mast:type=lighting here:
> http://www.openstreetmap.org/node/3191361778#map=18/56.51507/66.54789
> overpass-turbo: http://overpass-turbo.eu/s/esX

I agree with you Marc.  In the United States, at many interchanges of our interstate highways, we have huge poles that support big street lights.  These poles look to me to be about a hundred feet tall.  I would call them a mast with the purpose of lighting.

Mark Bradley

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