[Tagging] Rivers classification

Bryan Housel bryan at 7thposition.com
Tue Aug 8 14:24:33 UTC 2017

“official_length" is actually a good example of something that really does not need to be tagged in OSM, and could instead be looked up if the river has a wikidata tag.   See https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q3392 <https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q3392>  for others.


> On Aug 8, 2017, at 10:01 AM, Richard <ricoz.osm at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Tue, Aug 08, 2017 at 03:20:31PM +0200, Daniel Koć wrote:
>> W dniu 08.08.2017 o 12:07, Daniel Koć pisze:
>>> I've just found that length=* tag is quite closely connected to waterways
>>> (almost 72% uses):
>>> https://taginfo.openstreetmap.org/keys/length#combinations
>>> Taginfo does not show such combination with rivers (it probably omits
>>> anything <1000 uses), but it's 446 lines already:
>>> http://overpass-turbo.eu/s/qS7
>> Looks like a "distance" tag is better than "length" when it comes to long
>> objects like rivers, so I would recommend it in waterway Wiki pages instead.
>> We have 915 such uses with waterways:
> I know that you want save some computing power but nothing should be easier 
> to compute than the length so encouraging mappers to add their own estimates 
> doesn't seem like the best idea. The 915 uses possibly have a special purpose?
> However if there is something like "official_length" of a river (for example
> mentioned in wikipedia) that could be certainly tagged.
> Other tags that might help are those relating to ships.
> Richard
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