[Tagging] one feature one element

Joseph Eisenberg joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com
Fri Jul 5 03:17:38 UTC 2019

I agree that this page could be improved. Until now it hasn't
mentioned the problems with tagging multiple features on one database

This can be difficult for database users, for example this comment at
the Openstreetmap-carto github page:

"This is a part of a broader problem - how to deal with objects that
have multiple properties. I've seen objects with all building= shop=
office= and amenity= defined"

We've also had problems with features tagged "tourism=camp_site" or
"landuse=meadow" plus "barrier=hedge" or "barrier=wall". Is the
barrier supposed to be an area or a linear feature in this case?

So I'd like to add a line that recommends to avoid mapping two
different "feature" tags on the same database object.

But we will have to mention that building=yes plus amenity=clinic and
landuse=meadow plus barrier=fence are commonly used, even if they are


On 7/4/19, Martin Koppenhoefer <dieterdreist at gmail.com> wrote:
> The one feature page states:
> More than one of something on the same site e.g. two schools sharing
> grounds. Normally if the schools are separate they would have separate
> neighbouring grounds, but if the only thing defining a separation between
> two schools is their buildings, then the containing area should be tagged
> with a suitable landuse=*, and the buildings tagged individually.
> from
> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/One_feature,_one_OSM_element#Examples_of_bad_situations
> I don’t believe this is common practice, e.g. there isn’t even a landuse
> value for schools.
> I would rather tag 2 schools with distinct buildings and shared grounds as 2
> overlapping amenity=school areas with the “other buildings” (those of the
> other school) excluded via multipolygon inner roles.
> If we did like currently suggested in the wiki it would also loose the
> information about the grounds (only the buildings would result as schools).
> Cheers, Martin
> sent from a phone

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