[Tagging] RFC: vaccination / COVID-19 vaccination centres

Andy Townsend ajt1047 at gmail.com
Wed Nov 25 13:34:24 UTC 2020

On 25/11/2020 12:54, Phake Nick wrote:
> I don't think it is appropriate to add one-off temporary facilities 
> into OSM.

As soon as you do the sums it seems pretty unlikely that these will be 
"one-off temporary facilities".

Governments and health authorities may be able to move to a more 
"business as usual" vaccination approach (e.g. alongside things like TB 
or seasonal flu) in the fullness of time, but that's going to be at the 
absolute earliest the back end of next year.

As an aside, it's probably worth explaining why people sometimes say 
that OSM isn't a place for one-off temporary things (for example, a 
music festival that usually happens over a couple of days, once a 
year).  The reasoning goes that although some people look at OSM data 
"live", many do not.  Many (perhaps most) 3rd-party consumers of OSM 
update only rarely, and by definition all offline apps show data as it 
was at some point in the past. If the data that they grab happens to 
coincide with a temporary event in OSM their users will be very confused.

There comes a point, of course, when a "temporary " thing is worth 
mapping.  I've mapped https://www.openstreetmap.org/way/601820045 as 
closed because it's been that way for a couple of years and (despite the 
council signage) is pretty unlikely to be sorted out in the next few weeks.

At what stage something changes from a "one-off temporary" thing to 
something definitely worth mapping is a question worth discussing, though.

Best Regards,


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