[Tagging] Tagging natural or historic regions

Colin Smale colin.smale at xs4all.nl
Sun Mar 27 09:47:51 UTC 2016

Good question. 

In the UK the word "country" is also used in that context, for example
"Shakespeare Country", "White Cliffs Country", "Black Country". 

As to whether a node or a polygon should be used... Personally I would
prefer an approximate polygon to a node. A node may indicate location,
but it conveys no sense of the size and shape of the area. In many cases
the local government is proud enough of these areas to put up signs on
the roads saying "You are now entering ..." or "Welcome to ..." and
these could be used as points in a first-order approximation of the

I would suggest a relation with type=boundary and boundary=informal,
plus an indication of the accuracy/authority of the border like
source=guesswork, or signs, or local authority brochures, ...... 


On 2016-03-27 11:08, David Marchal wrote:

> Hello, there. 
> At least here, in France, there are numerous regions, whose unity is based either on a common historical background, for example as a medieval county or duchy like the Barrois, or on a uniform natural landscape, as the Bauges mountains or the Mont Blanc massif. These regions are often called "pays" in French, but it should not be understood as a nation, and the regions I'm talking about do not always have an administrative representations, being often known only as a traditionally-named area. 
> Whatever, how to map such regions? I asked on a French forum, but it seems that the issue has not really been addressed, at least not from our point of view, but there may be an existing tagging scheme for that, as I see no reason for this issue being culturally restricted to our country. I assume that, as there areas do not always have clearly defined borders, they should be tagged as a single node, but, still, how to map them? 
> Awaiting your answers, 
> Regards. 
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