[Tagging] tagging laboratories

Sergio Manzi smz at smz.it
Wed Mar 6 19:26:25 UTC 2019

I agree with Volker and I also woul like to underline how in Italian we use the sister word "laboratorio" (/both com from the Latin "labor, "work"/) for some craftmanship activity: we call a "laboratorio" also the places where a goldsmith or an orthodontic mechanic performs their craft, and the same for many others. I'm unsure if there is a similar usage in English too, but just in case...


On 2019-03-06 15:27, Volker Schmidt wrote:
> My point was only to be aware that we in front of one of many cases where the same English word has many meanings and that may produce the effect of regrouping under one tag with subtags could produce problems.
> "Laboratory" certainly needs a disambiguation page,
> On Wed, 6 Mar 2019 at 15:15, Kevin Kenny <kevin.b.kenny at gmail.com <mailto:kevin.b.kenny at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     On Tue, Mar 5, 2019 at 2:51 AM Volker Schmidt <voschix at gmail.com <mailto:voschix at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     >
>     > ... and then there are big research centres that are called "laboratory". Like LLNL or Los Alamos National Laboratory.
>     The two near me (GE Global Research Center; Knolls Atomic Power
>     Laboratory) I've simply tagged 'landuse=industrial'. Both are mostly
>     devoted to the development of industrial processes, from early
>     experiments at benchtop scale up to pilot plants. Both have
>     occasionally even gone into manufacturing specialty components,
>     usually when attempts to build out the process elsewhere encountered
>     unexpected difficulties. One is my employer.
>     Most of the buildings on the GE site are tagged 'building=industrial'.
>     (The fire house, the fitness centre, the power plant, the sewage
>     treatment facility, and the on-site hotel are tagged as such.)  Most
>     of the buildings have both labs and offices and I've not attempted to
>     do any indoor mapping to separate the two.
>     Conditions in the laboratories vary from "experimenters work in shirt
>     sleeves" to "experimenters work in space suits".
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