[Tagging] Query regarding seasonal tag combined for outdoor water fountains.

Joseph Eisenberg joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com
Wed Jan 15 10:03:13 UTC 2020

According to the wiki page for "service_times":

"The key service_times=* is generally used for the times of service of
a given feature, if this is different from the opening hours or if a
special service (like in the case of churches) is offered in this
time. Otherwise please use opening_hours=*."

It is much, much less common than opening_hours (it's a 100 to 1
ratio). And it's almost always used with amenity=place_of_worship +

This makes sense, because places of worship might be open every day
(e.g. catholic churches in Latin America) but the public worship
services are only held at certain times.

For a feature like a drinking fountain, opening_hours= would be the
standard tag to use, and this combination has already been used over
2000 times with amenity=drinking_water
(http://overpass-turbo.eu/s/PLd), while service_times has been used
exactly once (http://overpass-turbo.eu/s/PLc).

- Joseph Eisenberg

On 1/15/20, Martin Koppenhoefer <dieterdreist at gmail.com> wrote:
> Am Mi., 15. Jan. 2020 um 07:20 Uhr schrieb Joseph Eisenberg <
> joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com>:
>> Since drinking fountains are man-made rather than natural features,
>> they usually have a date when they are turned on or off.
>> This can be specified with the key "opening_hours=*" - this is the
>> common British English term used to say "when is this this feature
>> open and available".
>> See https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:opening_hours for details
>> on how this is used.
> For a drinking fountain (or any other fountain), I would prefer
> "service_times" or conditional tagging and not "opening hours" (as long as
> the thing is still accessible when it is turned off). IMHO, seasonal could
> work as well (and doesn't require to know the date, if there is).
> Cheers
> Martin

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