[Tagging] roads with many names

Joseph Eisenberg joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com
Mon Aug 19 04:15:53 UTC 2019

I would have expected tracktype=grade2 for a gravel road. Is it common to
use grade1 in that area for very well built, quality gravel roads?


On Mon, Aug 19, 2019 at 12:11 PM Johnparis <okosm at johnfreed.com> wrote:

> Don't know how you deduced "no space?" from Martin's comment. A space is
> an alphanumeric character. In any case, as I mentioned, there is normally a
> local consensus on space-versus-no space, and as others have mentioned,
> it's up to you.
> The problem with space-vs-no space arises particularly with refs, which
> are searchable. If you include the space for refs of national routes in
> Morocco, someone will remove it; if you omit it in Algeria, someone will
> add it. There are some advantages to consistency within a given area, and
> the tagging consensus will be documented (hopefully) on the wiki or the
> local mailing list (as is the case for the national routes I cited). "Paint
> the label" is fine in general but there can be other considerations (signs,
> as you know, aren't always correct).
> Tag *names*, by contrast, use an underscore instead of a space. Kevin
> Kenny's comment above indicates what appears to be the consensus on the tag
> name(s) in the USA. So in theory you might have
> ref:US:NFSR:Raggeds_Wilderness:NFH=FS 826. That seems to me to be a bit
> much to swallow ...
> You can see the tagging on the Court Street example he cites here:
> https://www.openstreetmap.org/way/45759030
> Here's a Colorado national forest highway with a nearby CR:
> https://www.openstreetmap.org/way/17062214#map=14/38.8684/-107.1015
> The tags look reasonable to me:
> highway=unclassified
> name=Lake Irwin Road 826
> ref=FS-826
> source=Gunnison County GIS data, USFS, Bing
> surface=gravel
> tracktype=grade1
> ... except that, again, you might want to use a space instead of a hyphen
> in the "ref" tag in this case, and normally you'd use semicolons (not
> commas) as a separator in the "source" tag.
> On Mon, Aug 19, 2019 at 12:28 AM Warin <61sundowner at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On 19/08/19 05:16, Paul Allen wrote:
>> On Sun, 18 Aug 2019 at 19:55, Rob Savoye <rob at senecass.com> wrote:
>>>   So no space ? USFS roads use "FS " with a space, at least that seems
>>> to be common. So should those be "FS739.1A' ?
>> My opinion is "paint the label."  Others disagree.  Make up your own mind
>> which
>> is better.
>> +1.
>> The mapper is in charge of what goes into OSM. They should map what they
>> see, not conform to some 'rule' of 'no spaces' etc etc. Map the truth.
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