[Tagging] Tourism=attraction: feature or secondary tag?
osm at imagico.de
Wed Dec 5 10:40:34 UTC 2018
On Wednesday 05 December 2018, Joseph Eisenberg wrote:
> This is reasonable; many features can be of interest to tourists, and
> tourism=attraction doesn't provide much information. Is it an area of
> shops? A beach? A theme park? A historic monument?
> However, there is a preset in the JOSM editor that allows
> tourism=attraction to be used as the top-level tag.
> Is it necessary to use tourism=attraction as the only tag for certain
Well - the main problem with tourism=attraction is that it has no
consistent application hence no real meaning as a tag so you can't
really say if it is a standalone tag or not.
What you can say is that:
* it is widely used as the only characterizing tag of a feature (usually
just tourism=attraction + name).
* it is not a verifiable tag in either variant, the closest you could
interpret it to mean is indicating some kind of wikipedia-like
* it is often used as a 'lazy tag' - i.e. used by mappers who did not
want to look for or to invent a more meaningful characterization.
> (Currently, tourism=attraction alone is rendered only as a name label
> on the Openstreetmap-carto style, without an border, area colour or
> icon. Either we need to add an icon or outline, or we can remove this
> from the list of rendered features. If the wiki is correct then it
> can be removed, because properly-tagged features should have another,
> more specific tag that can be rendered)
It would certainly be good to stop rendering it to incentivize mappers
to choose more meaningful tags instead but it also should be said that
this is essentially a case of 'damage done' - the tag is already
meaningless, stopping to render it would help better tagging in the
future, it would not in any way add meaning to the tag as it is already
We have however many other tags where OSM-Carto recently added or
changed rendering in ways that provide mapping incentives agaist the
established meaning of the tags. This and the resulting dilution of
existing value and precision in OSM data is going to be a much bigger
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