[Tagging] Can OSM become a geospatial database?

EthnicFood IsGreat ethnicfoodisgreat at gmail.com
Sun Dec 9 23:18:27 UTC 2018

> Date: Sun, 9 Dec 2018 21:57:14 +0100
> From: Wolfgang Zenker <wolfgang at lyxys.ka.sub.org>
> To: "Tag discussion, strategy and related tools"
> 	<tagging at openstreetmap.org>
> Subject: Re: [Tagging] Can OSM become a geospacial database?
> * Eugene Podshivalov <yaugenka at gmail.com> [181209 12:34]:
>> вс, 9 дек. 2018 г. в 14:10, Marc Gemis <marc.gemis at gmail.com>:
>>> We have tags for that (waterway=stream, ditch, ... / amenity=school,
>>> college, university, kindergarten), I don't understand why we should
>>> change the usage of name for that.
>> How would you map American "streamlet", "brook", "creek" and "river" to the
>> two generic "stream" and "river" in OSM?
>> Currently they are just putting in the name field, so the only ways to fide
>> all "brooks" is by searching the name fields which is not a proper database
>> approach.
> Most probably you would not want to look for all "brooks", because
> "brook" is just one of multiple words that mean the same thing. There is
> no semantic difference between a "brook" and a "stream" in general
> nowadays. Its just that in different regions of the english speaking
> world different words were commonly used, and people in America used
> whatever word they were familiar with.
> Wolfgang
> ( lyx @ osm )

So true.


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