[Tagging] Feature Proposal - RFC - (consulate)-->(office=diplomatic)

Allan Mustard allan at mustard.net
Sun Nov 11 11:40:31 UTC 2018

Here, please take a look at the updated Tagging section of the proposal
and see if that solves the issue.  I include a link to the Wikipedia
article on ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 codes.


*Current Proposal:*

  * establish formally the office
    <https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/w/index.php?title=Tag:office%3Ddiplomatic&action=edit&redlink=1> primary
    tag/key value combination, with the following additional (secondary
    and tertiary) tags:
      o diplomatic
        <https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:diplomatic>=* with key
        values of [embassy, consulate, liaison]
          + embassy
            <https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/w/index.php?title=Key:embassy&action=edit&redlink=1>=* with
            key values of [yes, high_commission, nunciature,
            interests_section, mission, delegation, branch_embassy,
          + consulate
            <https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/w/index.php?title=Key:consulate&action=edit&redlink=1>=* with
            key values of {yes, consulate_general, consular_agency,
            consular_office, honorary_consul]
          + liaison
            <https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/w/index.php?title=Key:liaison&action=edit&redlink=1>=* with
            key values of [liaison_office, representative_office,

  * establish formally diplomatic:services:*=[yes/no] additional
    (tertiary) tag with the following options:
          + diplomatic:services:non-immigrant_visas*=[yes/no]
          + diplomatic:services:immigrant_visas=[yes/no]
          + diplomatic:services:citizen_services=[yes/no]; and

  * deprecate the amenity=embassy tag over a period of time.

Additional tags routinely used would include:

  * country <https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:country>=* where *
    is thetwo-character ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 code
    <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISO_3166-1_alpha-2>for the sending
    country or organization or the generally accepted English acronym
    for an international organization (e.g., UN, OSCE);
  * name <https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:name>=* where * is the
    name of the mission;
  * target <https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:target>=* where * is
    thetwo-character ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 code
    <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISO_3166-1_alpha-2>for the receiving
    (accrediting) country or organization or the generally accepted
    English acronym for an international organization (e.g., UN, OSCE,
    NATO, WTO). If a mission is accredited to multiple countries or
    organizations, * will constitute a semicolon-delimited list of tags,
    e.g., target <https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:target>=US;CA
    <https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/w/index.php?title=Tag:target%3DUS;CA&action=edit&redlink=1> for
    a mission accredited to both the United States and Canada.

and of course the address and other contact information.

On 11/11/2018 3:52 PM, Colin Smale wrote:
> On 2018-11-11 11:27, Warin wrote:
>> On 11/11/18 20:05, Colin Smale wrote:
>>> On 2018-11-11 07:49, Graeme Fitzpatrick wrote:
>>>     But wouldn't it be covered by the name eg "Australian Embassy to
>>>     Russia"?
>>> We should not rely on free-text fields like "name" to convey
>>> information that belongs in a structured form...
>> The text clearly identifies the object as;
>> an Embassy
>> The 'from' country as Australia
>> the 'to' country ... as Russia ... though this may also include other
>> countries too ..and would be indicated by an enclosure by that county.
> You miss the point... The fact that the words "Australian Embassy"
> and/or "to Russia" occur in the "name" tag is not enough for an
> automated processor to unambiguously understand that the sending
> nation is the Commonwealth of Australia and the receiving nation is
> the Russian Federation. All these words can be written in any language
> of the world. Hence the need for the "from," "to" and "function"
> concepts to be modelled with a curated list of values - there are only
> so many countries and international organisations (in this sense) in
> the world, and those lists are pretty static.
> Enclosure won't work for missions to international organisations or
> the Vatican either. There are (IIRC) also arrangements between
> countries such that the embassy of A in country B also represents
> country C under certain circumstances. This also doesn't fit nicely
> with the "from"/"to" model. On wikipedia they are called "De facto
> embassies":
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_facto_embassy
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