[Tagging] General Tags for unmapped cities

Guillermo Ariel Silva Lopez guillermitus at gmail.com
Sat Mar 21 02:33:42 UTC 2020

Hello, I am currently working on a project called Atlas Urbano (
https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/AtlasUrbano) where we seek to upload
more data to mapped building polygons by the MapPYOSM project in different
cities of Paraguay.

The main idea is to be able to generate a first layer of general
information on building uses that is scalable and replicable to all
municipalities. For this, first we want to use more general tags, which can
then be specified, already in a next stage.

In this first layer of information we want to classify buildings into four
general use categories:



General services

mixed use

The tags that exist, for residential and commercial, and we currently use

building = residential

building = commercial

We also want to map general services for the population, which would be
buildings that house activities intended to provide services. Educational
buildings, health posts, public buildings, cultural centers, NGOs, etc. are
included in this category. We did not find a suitable tag that encompasses
all cases and, as we did not find an alternative, we want to propose using
this tag, which will serve to designate generally urban services and

building = general_services

Finally, we want to map buildings that house two or more uses, and this
translates to being buildings that house both residential and commercial
programs, or commercial and general service programs; that is, mixed uses
could encompass any possible combination of the three uses mentioned above.
By not finding a tag that labels this combination of uses, we want to
propose using this tag:

building = mixed_use

I hope you can give me recommendations on the best way to do this.

Regards to all.

Guillermo Silva
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