[Tagging] Telephone exchange

Martin Koppenhoefer dieterdreist at gmail.com
Sun Sep 16 13:16:42 UTC 2018



sent from a phone

> On 16. Sep 2018, at 13:57, François Lacombe <fl.infosreseaux at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> Building=central_office is less consistent
> Building=service is more suitable


for me, both would be ok, I definitely would not use building=industrial which is clearly a step back, although it is used quite frequently, I would not consider it a good tag for anything that you know what it is. At the very least, industrial buildings could be divided in production buildings and storage. Storage will be for either resources or products. 

Although industrial areas are often very big, we currently have mostly not developed specific tagging which would allow us to map a big industrial plant in a way that it can roughly be understood ((speaking of very generic detail, nothing too specific), nor do we have ways to tag different areas within these plants. Every industry will have their own requirements, e.g. chemical industry, automotive, steel, textile, electronics, furniture, aviation industry, construction, glass, ships, toys, mining, power production, etc.

We are way behind the detail in industrial areas compared to what we add in residential or commercial areas of the same scale. Generally, these are private properties, and this may be part of the reason, but although the possibility of surveys is reduced to be either performed by people working there, or in areas that may be visited by the public, there are usually sufficient possibilities to get information through research on their webpage and from other publicly available material, and by looking at the structure (sometimes, e.g. steel production). 

Besides the parts, often you can’t even tell by looking at the tags what the whole industry is about, e.g. https://www.openstreetmap.org/relation/6789235#map=13/52.4389/10.7655
no mention, at least currently, of automotive.

tl;dr: We need more detail for industrial “things” (at all scales), not less.

Cheers,
Martin 
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