[Tagging] Notary Office

Martin Koppenhoefer dieterdreist at gmail.com
Tue Feb 7 16:43:49 UTC 2017

2017-02-07 17:19 GMT+01:00 Ilya Zverev <ilya at zverev.info>:

> * office=lawyer + lawyer=notary: introduced in wiki in 2010, number of
> uses gradually rises to ~1000.
> * office=notary: introduced by accident in 2014, was scarcely used until
> it has found its way into JOSM presets in late 2015. After that it has
> risen to ~900 uses.
> See this graph for reference: http://shtosm.ru/pictures/
> taghistory-notary.png
> I submitted an issue to the JOSM tracker to revert to the established
> tags: https://josm.openstreetmap.de/ticket/14221
> But surprisingly, it was met with negative responses. Code maintainers
> started to defend the tag, stating that since the usage of "office=notary"
> is high (!), it has been accepted by the community. But I'd argue that
> nobody has accepted (or even known about) it, and the number of uses is
> high because it is in the presets.
> Also there was an argument that a notary is not always a lawyer. While it
> might be true for some countries, that doesn't concern the issue in my
> opinion:

to me office=notary seems ok as a tag, I'd prefer it over the office=lawyer
+ subtag tagging, they are sufficiently distinct, and I see no point in
implying they are a subclass of lawyers which they might be or not. Office
is a tag that is already finegrained (i.e. "notary" is not overly specific
within this category), while putting the notary information into a rare
subtag is a bit like "hiding" it.

Looking at your picture: http://shtosm.ru/pictures/taghistory-notary.png it
is clear that use of office=lawyer is growing much faster than the subtag

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