[Tagging] Tagging of Multi-Use Building

John Willis johnw at mac.com
Tue Jun 28 11:35:25 UTC 2016


> On Jun 28, 2016, at 8:05 PM, Jeffrey.Rhodes at geogr.uni-giessen.de wrote:
> multi-leveled buildings that include both Offices (commercial and University), Flats, and shops on the gorund floor.

This might be out of date, but the idea of a multi-category building tag (shops on bottom, offices on top in a urban setting, apartments in a suburban setting, and homes with a partitioned business inside in rural places)  is not currently defined and proposals do not get much backing because they are perceived either too narrow/regional in their approach (too many exceptions); Too vast and attempt to change too many existing tags to gain approval; or people have decided to let indoor mapping take care of a floor-by-floor, room-by-room description and let the building= tag define the "essence" of the building, like if it was an old church or old train station. I wish there was a suitable solution, as those 4 basic types of buildings (retail-commercial, retail-residential, home-retail, home-commercial) are ones I come across a lot - they are under 10 stories tall (usually 2-3) and tagging for the 3 of them cover ~95% of mixed use structures I see. 
I occasionally find home-industrial - a guy near me  who runs 4 hydraulic metal stamping machines in a garage at his house making basic bracket shapes to be welded onto larger assemblies at bigger plants that end up in All Japanese cars) 

These kind of exceptions are the examples used to break a more rigid tagging scheme, but something should be done to solve this. 

> Is it best to set up a building, and then trow multiple ' point' objects in there with the tagging for the specific uses, or setting up subsections for each use in the buidings own tags, or something i missed entirely?

Most people choose what the building "mostly" is, such as the large 10 story apartments here in Japan that might have shops on the first floor, especially if that is the dominant use of the space. People then point tag everything else. If in doubt, building=yes and point tag all the various offices, restaurants, and other tenants. 

If the whole building is used long term by the university (regardless of legal ownership of the structure), then consider tagging the building as a university building (as that is what it currently is) and then point tag all the other things, but it sounds like the university is only renting a space, not the entire thing. 

Looking forward to other replies...


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