[Tagging] multiple schools on one plot

António Madeira antoniomadeira at gmx.com
Thu Apr 1 19:41:29 UTC 2021

Hi there

Recently, I had a situation like this, where a school area is used by
two distinct schools (this happened a lot in Portugal since the last
education reform, where many small rural schools were united in a single
Since the school area has a name, I tagged the entire area with
amenity=school + name=<name_of_school_complex>. Then, since it has two
buildings, each one regarding a school, I tagged those buildings with
building=school + name=<name_of_school>.

Although a building is not the same of an amenity (ie, a building is not
a school), I didn't remember the use of landuse=*.
In that regard, there's landuse=education
<https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:landuse%3Deducation> which
seems to fit well to this purpose.


Às 09:47 de 01/04/2021, Robin Burek escreveu:
> Hey everybody,
> in a chat of the german community we have discussed the problem, that
> in some locations we have two or more school on one plot/ground.
> Sometimes they use the same buildings.
> So you have a "school area" and two or three schools.
> There were the problem, that often the "school area" (as an area) and
> the schools (marked as nodes) get the amenity=school-tags. So when you
> have two schools, there are three amenity=school-tags. How would you
> handle this? We (the german chat group) aggreed, that this technique
> is not fitting, but there is no better method.
> I would propose there to use the tagging-schema:
>  1. only one school -> you *can *add landuse=school to the
>     amenity=school-Area but it isn't required.
>  2. When on one plot are multiple schools -> landuse=school for the
>     plot and
>      1. seperate nodes with amenity=school for every school or
>      2. when only one building used by one school - amenity=school on
>         the building=school
> Greetings
> Robin
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