[Tagging] General Tags for unmapped cities
joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com
Sat Mar 21 06:12:54 UTC 2020
> Hi Joseph, the mappers will survey the buildings with mapillary imagery that we upload for them, these buildings are already mapped in the Openstreetmap Database, but as a generic tag like "building=yes"
Great. It is helpful to update the building tag to a more precise value.
But as mentioned above, the use of an area is usually mapped as a
larger landuse=retail/commercial/etc. feature around the buildings and
other surrounding land.
The building=* tag should describe what the building looks like. Often
that has something to do with it's function: a building of storefronts
with glass display windows will often be mapped as building=retail,
and a supermarket building is usually a special design and can be
But residential buildings should be mapped based on the actual design:
like building=apartment, building=semidetached_house, building=house,
building=dormitory, and so on.
-- Joseph Eisenberg
On 3/21/20, Guillermo Ariel Silva Lopez <guillermitus at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Joseph, the mappers will survey the buildings with mapillary imagery
> that we upload for them, these buildings are already mapped in the
> Openstreetmap Database, but as a generic tag like "building=yes"
> Guillermo Silva
> El sáb., 21 mar. 2020 a las 0:12, Joseph Eisenberg (<
> joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com>) escribió:
>> Muchas gracias, Sr. Silva
>> > we seek to upload more data to mapped building polygons by the MapPYOSM
>> project in different cities of Paraguay.
>> Do you mean that these buildings are already mapped in the
>> Openstreetmap Database, but as a generic tag like "building=yes"?
>> Or are you planning to import the shapes of buildings from an external
>> If you are adding the tags due to local knowledge of the mappers,
>> especially if the mappers survey the buildings, then that is great.
>> If the data is coming from an external source, please read and follow
>> the Import Guidelines and the Automated Edits Code of Conduct:
>> You may wish to look at how the key building=* is currently used:
>> Most commonly, the key "building=*" describes how the building looks:
>> for example, a building that was built as a church, but is now used as
>> a theatre, is still a "building=church" but then you add
>> "amenity=theatre" to show that it is used as a theatre.
>> Residential, commercial and retail areas are mapped with the key
>> Landuse and include the land around the buildings. In residential
>> areas, this would include gardens, lawns, garages, parkings spaces,
>> and so on, tagged landuse=residential. The buildings will be
>> building=house, building=apartment, building=duplex, building=terrace
>> and so on.
>> In Commercial and Retail areas, the landuse area will include parking
>> lots, service roads, service buildings, outdoor seating areas,
>> courtyards, and so on, in the landuse=commercial or landuse=retail
>> And landuse=industrial includes the industrial facilities as well as
>> warehouses, man_made=works (factories), service roads, parking lots,
>> power lines, etc.
>> There is currently no established tag for mixed-use urban areas, but
>> most of these are tagged as landuse=retail, since retail is often the
>> main use of the first floor or level of the buildings in a mixed-use
>> area. If retail isn't the main use, rather offices plus hotels and
>> some residential, it is common to use landuse=commercial for
>> commercial+residential or office+hotel areas.
>> In addition, mappers are encouraged to map the shops, offices, and
>> other individual features within each building. A building=office will
>> often contain one or more office=company, office=ngo, or
>> office=government features. Retail buildings and landuse will contain
>> one or more shop=* features
>> - https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:shop
>> - https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:office
>> For public services, many things are found under office=government or
>> - https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag%3Aoffice%3Dgovernment
>> - https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:amenity
>> As a general overview, you can see the complete list of common
>> features at Map Features:
>> - https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Map_Features
>> Also see "How we map"
>> - https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/How_We_Map
>> And "how to map landuse" which includes a relatively complete list of
>> tags related to how lands and buildings are used:
>> I hope your project is successful!
>> -- Joseph Eisenberg
>> On 3/21/20, Guillermo Ariel Silva Lopez <guillermitus at gmail.com> wrote:
>> > 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
>> > 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
>> > then be specified, already in a next stage.
>> > In this first layer of information we want to classify buildings into
>> > general use categories:
>> > residential
>> > commercial
>> > General services
>> > mixed use
>> > The tags that exist, for residential and commercial, and we currently
>> > use
>> > are:
>> > 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.
>> > included in this category. We did not find a suitable tag that
>> > all cases and, as we did not find an alternative, we want to propose
>> > this tag, which will serve to designate generally urban services and
>> > facilities:
>> > 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
>> > 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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