[Tagging] Feature Proposal - RFC - (consulate)

Colin Smale colin.smale at xs4all.nl
Tue Oct 23 18:17:01 UTC 2018

One further thought... 

There is also a big functional difference between an embassy and a
consulate. The former is more government-oriented, whereas consulates
provide services to individual citizens. I know this is a big
generalisation, but I hope you will agree there is an important
difference. BUT some embassies also provide consular services, and some
don't - they might direct you to another address for your visa or
whatever. If we tag embassies and consulates distinctly, how do we add a
secondary tag to an embassy to indicate whether they do consular work or

On 2018-10-23 19:55, Allan Mustard wrote:

> Colin Smale <colin.smale at xs4all.nl> wrote:
>> The location of an embassy in the capital is surely not prescribed by law, but by expedience isn't it? The ambassador wants/needs to be near the action in order to carry out their primary role - interfacing with the host country government. 
> Answer: Yes. The location of an embassy is typically negotiated with the host country government and is indeed a matter of expedience in most cases.  
>> There are also examples of countries with split capitals. I am in one now (Netherlands) - the capital is Amsterdam, but the embassies are in The Hague, which is the seat of government but not the capital. 
> Answer: Yes, there are exceptions to every rule!  That's why defining an embassy as the mission where one finds an ambassador is the easiest and most reliable way of defining an embassy.  To the casual observer, an embassy is a building with a sign on it that reads "Embassy" (as long as it isn't a Embassy Suites Hotel or something similar) and a consulate is a building with a sign containing the word "Consulate".
>> Why is the location even relevant to this discussion, anyway?
> Answer: Because in the OSM space there is confusion of embassies and consulates.  A consulate is not an embassy, but in OSM the amenity=embassy tag is applied to consulates.  I am proposing to correct that, and to do that, mappers must understand both the differences between an embassy and a consulate and how to differentiate between them. Thanks for your help!
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