[Tagging] Test prep centres and cram schools as amenity=prep_school?

Minh Nguyen minh at nguyen.cincinnati.oh.us
Sat Jul 6 19:30:44 UTC 2019

On 2019-07-06 06:17, Joseph Eisenberg wrote:
> In May, yumean1119 suggested tagging Japanese "cram schools" as either
> office=educational_institution + education = cram_school
> or amenity=prep_school
> And then iD and the name_suggestion_index started using amenity=prep_school

I added some test prep center and cram school chains to NSI [1] because 
I was dismayed at seeing so many of them tagged as ordinary schools. [2] 
The naming is admittedly unfortunate, but on the bright side, there 
doesn't seem to have been much confusion with college preparatory 
schools. Yay for presets. [3]

The NSI entry means it's easier for mappers to identify individual cram 
schools as being affiliated with these chains, as opposed to being 
college preparatory schools. So if there is consensus on a replacement 
tag, the existing features can be migrated either manually or 
automatically with more confidence than before.

[1] https://github.com/osmlab/name-suggestion-index/pull/2630
[2] http://overpass-turbo.eu/s/KuE
[3] https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Talk:Tag:amenity%3Dprep_school

> I think that "education=*" is not yet supported as a key, so we should
> use either amenity= or office= with "=tutoring" - for cram schools
> that provide after-school additional instruction, an "=test_prep" for
> facilities that only provide preparation for certain tests, like
> Kaplan in the USA.

office=tutoring isn't a great fit, because then we can't easily 
distinguish these centers (some of which are just as large as 
neighborhood elementary schools) from independent tutors' offices.

Another term for these establishments is "supplementary education 
center", but that risks confusion with some other kinds of supplementary 
education. [3] And despite the "school" in "cram school", some of these 
establishments are educational institutions only inasmuch as acupuncture 
is healthcare [4], which is to say, debatable.

Incidentally, there's already a documented after_school tag used with 
kindergartens and childcare centers. [5] Not all test prep centers are 
after-school programs -- some are geared toward professional 
examinations -- but I think the overlap suggests that we should just go 
with something in amenity=* until we get around to overhauling 
everything with an education=* key.

[3] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supplementary_school
[5] https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:after_school

minh at nguyen.cincinnati.oh.us

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