[Tagging] How to tag named group of named water areas?

Martin Koppenhoefer dieterdreist at gmail.com
Mon Oct 8 11:12:31 UTC 2018

Am Mo., 8. Okt. 2018 um 12:47 Uhr schrieb Christoph Hormann <osm at imagico.de

> Well - you could also say 'The Canary Islands' is the name of a
> geographic region and not an archipelago.  The point here is
> verifiability of the geometry, not semantic nuances.

When refering to place names, we should not generally reject the
interpretation of semantic nuances, although they are only indicators, not
hard factors. E.g. the example "Lausitzer Seenland" you mention, is
explicitly not about lakes, it is about the terrain with lakes. Similarly
the other example, "Mecklenburger Seenplatte" is also about a region and
not about a group of lakes. I agree that bikeshedding semantic nuances does
not always help an awful lot, for instance the Canary Islands are
explicitly referring to the islands, but I would expect the name to apply
to the sea between them as well (or according to the interpretation /
context they might be included or not at the same time).

There are also cases where the same name refers to different entities
(according to common interpretation), e.g.

For things as huge, it is clear there remains some ambiguity and
uncertainty, but this should not hinder us from tagging the easy, simple
cases with appropriate tags.

A very similar problem are parts of lakes by the way, e.g. look at this map
of the lake of Constance, showing names for parts of the lake:
(or maybe the "lake" in this case is a group of lakes as well).

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