[Tagging] Feature Proposal - Voting - Tag:healthcare:equipment

Joseph Eisenberg joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com
Thu Aug 1 23:33:35 UTC 2019

I agree, Martin. I already mentioned these same problems on the
Talk:Proposed_features/Tag:healthcare:equipment page, 2 or 3 days ago,
with no response yet.

I am going to recommend that this tag not be approved at this time,
but I sincerely hope that the team at healthsites.io will address the
concerns and develop a tag system for medical equipment and facilities
which is easy to use and unambiguous.

My recommendation is to use mri=yes, ultrasound=yes, laboratory=yes
etc. as property tags, and to use the key healthcare=* or amenity=*
(without a namespace - it's not needed) for separate features like
healthcare=laboratory - an already documented tag BTW.

The proposal and eventual wiki pages should clarify that different
tags are normally used for features and properties: see the wiki page
"One feature, One OSM Element"

Joseph Eisenberg

On 8/2/19, Martin Koppenhoefer <dieterdreist at gmail.com> wrote:
> sent from a phone
>> On 1. Aug 2019, at 22:18, Mhairi O'Hara <mhairi.ohara at hotosm.org> wrote:
>> "Indicates what type of speciality medical equipment is available at a
>> health facility"
>> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Proposed_features/Tag:healthcare:equipment
> I am not sure this should already go to voting, documentation is still
> rather vague and it is somehow indicative that the status is still set to
> draft. The rationale is quite detailed but actual tagging must mostly be
> imagined. I would suggest to have this discussed for another round and be
> more explicit about the proposed values.
> To me it is not even completely clear whether this should be used as a
> property or defines an explicit feature, although it seems more thought as a
> property (but then there are the size considerations).
> For example you mention “operating theatre” (we are using BE spelling for
> tags), emergency_department and laboratory as possible values. To me neither
> of these seems a good fit for an _equipment_ tag, and IMHO for things like
> these we should choose a representation that allows for easy addition of
> more detail if desired (e.g. operating theatre capacity, location of
> emergency department and its access points, details for capabilities of the
> lab, etc.)
> Cheers Martin

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