[Tagging] Can OSM become a geospacial database?

Martin Koppenhoefer dieterdreist at gmail.com
Thu Dec 6 16:36:58 UTC 2018

Am Do., 6. Dez. 2018 um 16:58 Uhr schrieb Eugene Podshivalov <
yaugenka at gmail.com>:

> Let's look into some other examples.
> Settlements are supposed to be defined with
> place=city/town/village/hamlet/isolated_dwelling tags. The value depends on
> the size of the settlement.

this is not a hard requirement, there is a suggestion to do it like this,
and there is an explicit note that it can differ by country/context.
For example I would see the distinction between a hamlet and a village in a
functional criterion, while in Europe it is often clear what is a town and
what is a big village, from looking at the legal situation (history is
usually important), it can be in the name / people usually know it.

> But in Belarus for example we call our settlements "город" (can be city or
> town), "городской посёлок" (can be town or village),
> "посёлок"/"деревня"/"хутор" (can be village or hamlet or isolated_dwelling).
When people use the maps created form OSM database they don't care about
> the generic OSM categorization of settlements. They need their local
> category names.
> So what tag should be put those local category names in?

You should create a scale of significance which correlates more or less to
the situation and adopt the standard place tags, plus add a subtag for the
local classes. How do they work, what does characterize them? Is it about
the administration hierarchy?

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