[Tagging] The endless debate about "landcover" as a top-level tag

Andy Townsend ajt1047 at gmail.com
Fri Jun 8 15:52:27 UTC 2018

On 08/06/2018 16:03, Peter Elderson wrote:
> In this case, rendering is crucial so any documentation would need to 
> address that.

To echo what other people have suggested, you are entirely free to set 
up a rendering* of whatever OSM tags you want as however you want.  To 
do that for Belgium (apologies if I'm misremembering where you're from) 
would cost no more than the price of a decent beer per month.  Setup 
might take a day if you've not done it before; maintenance essentially 
as much or as little time as you want to spend experimenting with the style.

Presumably, however, you're not talking about "a map rendering", you're 
talking about one particular one - the "standard" layer on 
openstreetmap.org (it's only really "standard" to OSM editors though; 
most people who see OSM data will actually see in or a Mapbox map, or in 
MAPS.ME, or in a completely different rendering on a company's website 
or on a sign at a railway station)?

If you're trying to tell a group of people within OSM to do things 
differently the traditional way is to do it yourself, and make your 
version better than what exists already.  In this case the barrier to 
entry is pretty low, and there's a wealth of information about style 
design at https://github.com/gravitystorm/openstreetmap-carto/ and tools 
(such as a deployable Docker "tile design" instance) that can be used to 
get you started quickly.

Best Regards,


* https://switch2osm.org/manually-building-a-tile-server-18-04-lts/
** https://github.com/gravitystorm/openstreetmap-carto/

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