[Tagging] use of points even when it clearly defines a building?

Kevin Kenny kevin.b.kenny+osm at gmail.com
Thu Aug 16 23:08:08 UTC 2018

On Thu, Aug 16, 2018 at 6:40 PM seirra <general at sarifria.x10.bz> wrote:
> oh! before i go to bed just one last one, when correcting some typos or
> wrong use of tagging i've noticed a few locations that used points
> rather than directly applying the feature to the building (as in no
> buildings having features at all as if it was an agreed style)... most
> notably:
> italy north plars
> crescent street montreal
> Czech Technology Park
> Grand Admiral Resort & SPA

The first - I have no idea what sort of an object that is.

The second looks extremely odd - I'd expect something named 'street'
to be represented by one or more ways.

The third and fourth are not necessarily wrong. I'd expect entities
called 'Technology Park' or 'Resort and Spa' to encompass grounds as
well as buildings, with the tags for the whole complex appearing on
the enclosing area.  If a mapper has not determined the area, mapping
a point is acceptable practice as a placeholder.

Hence, for example 'GE Global Research Center' is tagged
https://www.openstreetmap.org/way/479164244 on an area that
approximates the facilitiy's borders.  The buildings are tagged with
their individual names, but none is tagged with the facility name. The
street address is intentionally attached to the visitor center,
because people needing directions to '1 Research Circle' should be
sent there, rather than to any of the other gates. Before the campus
was mapped in detail, the name was attached to a point feature.

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