[Tagging] Feature Proposal - RFC - (Ground)

Michael Montani michael.montani at un.org
Fri Jul 10 11:31:14 UTC 2020

Unfortunately I don't have photos of the terrain at the moment, but I will see if I can come back with some on the ground example.

For now, I put some example photos in the Talk page of the feature proposal<https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Talk:Proposed_features/Ground#Examples> . Feel free to leave a comment on any photo, e.g. whether or not you would it consider as soil. I would be also curious to know what tag would you use to map the ground of this kind of areas with the already existent tags.


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Da: Christoph Hormann <osm at imagico.de>
Inviato: venerdì 10 luglio 2020 12:00
A: Tag discussion, strategy and related tools <tagging at openstreetmap.org>
Oggetto: Re: [Tagging] Feature Proposal - RFC - (Ground)

Independent of what i already said in


i am always wary of tags lacking any examples for on-the-ground mapping or a practically locally verifiable definition.  And defining a tag negatively trough the lack of something (vegetation) rather than positively through something that can be positively observed is problematic.  We have had this problem with natural=desert already (which some had defined equally though the absence of vegetation).

Overall as it stands this does not seem likely to become a successful and meaningful tag.  Maybe you can show some on-the-ground examples of areas you think this tag is suitable and needed for and get input from the wider community how they would suggest to characterize and tag such areas.

Christoph Hormann

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