[Tagging] Tagging shared campuses: landuse=school?

Jeroen Hoek mail at jeroenhoek.nl
Thu Apr 4 07:55:36 UTC 2019

# Background

When tagging a school, as per the current documentation, ideally the
amenity=school tag is applied to the school grounds, implying its
landuse. This works fine for single schools that have their own
building, on their own grounds.

However, in many countries schools can share a common campus. To
facilitate mapping these, the landuse=school proposal was drafted:


This allows the mapper to tag the shared grounds as landuse=school, and
place the separate schools as nodes or buildings tagged with
amenity=school within.

This approach appears to be used quite a lot in France. One example:


As you can see, Carto-OSM refuses to render landuse=school for now:


The French OpenStreetMap rendering meanwhile does render it:


Effectively, this means French mappers utilize landuse=school, while the
rest won't for lack of documentation and progress on the proposal.

# Proposal

I've encountered a number of cases where multiple institutions related
to education share a single campus or area. I'm missing a suitable tag
for shared grounds or campuses (which often have their own name).

A common example that is gaining popularity in the Netherlands is having
amenity=kindergarten and amenity=school share a building and grounds.

Another example is amenity=university sharing a campus with
amenity=college and amenity=research_institute. All distinct educational
entities on a single named campus.

For the former example landuse=school seems suitable, but for the latter
a more generic landuse seems desirable.

What I want to propose is a landuse=education that can be taken as the
most generic form of landuse for educational purposes. This tag is
already in use (~500). Here, landuse=education will be similar to how
landuse=religious is used for grounds that house multiple
amenity=place_of_worship. It can be used for a range for educational
amenities, such as school, college, and university.

Then, landuse=school (~5000 in use) can be seen as a more specific form
of landuse=education.

Would such a proposal help move this issue forward? Anything that is
missing or glaringly wrong? I'll write up the proposal (subsuming the
current landuse=school proposal) and documentation if there is enough
support for this.

Kind regards,

Jeroen Hoek

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