[Tagging] RFC: Seaway key - proposal for mapping ports

Bert -Araali- Van Opstal bert.araali.afritastic at gmail.com
Sat Mar 6 03:24:25 UTC 2021

And we have the whole Openseamap ecosystem 
<https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/OpenSeaMap> with 
<https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:seamark:type>) since 2009, not 
maybe up to date on the wiki, are we going to mess that up / ditch it 
completely ? Isn't it good enough or at least worth considering it to be 


Bert Araali

On 06/03/2021 04:32, stevea wrote:
> On Mar 5, 2021, at 4:59 PM, Bert -Araali- Van Opstal <bert.araali.afritastic at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I must admit that this proposal doesn't address all the worldwide "harbours" for small scale "non-leisure" and "anchorages".
> I couldn't agree more and thank you Bert for bringing these up.  This proposal "skims the surface" so to speak, that much seems clear.  Though sometimes a proposal doesn't need to be anything more than a bubble, its semantics are so precise, only a few words and maybe a picture can be poetry.
> This ain't that.  Because of lots and lots of overlap with other tags, as at least three of us have identified something, somehow, this proposal must plumb much greater depths.  Thanks to all who paint this sketch into a richer, fuller picture.  It deserves it, imo.  Though, it will take time.
> Today, tomorrow and into the future?  I'm glad we have sturdy planks like key:harbour that we can anchor into now.  We have marinas and harbours and anchorages and many.  If we're going to "marry marine everything" we must go wider than the modest number who read this list.  It almost sounds like the UN and NATO and six anonymous others would want to get involved.  Or maybe somebody might read five reports/encyclopedias and come back in a year.  Don't we have the tagging we have today and it works as well as it does?  We're at the very tender, early steps of Seaway.  Very.
> There are realms that Seaway only begins to sail.  So many dimensions of things, motorized vs. sail, freshwater and salt, coastal or inland, leisure, paid, freight, passenger, bring-your-car, open-to-the-public, can I sleep comfortably on this ship...this is deep.  Excuse me.
> Can we do what we need to do with what we have today?  What's really "broken"?  I feel like the people on this list are not the audience of who would use these data and that always makes me know I'm out of my depths.  Yet the proposal says we're "brainstorming scheme gaps."  OK.  I don't "hop around on the high seas" or "freely travel by boat, even inland" or even own a boat, though I do know how to sail.  I don't go really deep when I sail.  I know what's too deep.  I try to read seamarks and my eyes cross.  Though, give me a weekend and I could read them, I think.
> This is certainly a box we can tame and draw sheets around, making it a controlled box.  But it won't be a small one, it will be at least medium-sized.  Do we want a "catch-all, marine version?"  It's looking like Seaway is it.  Let's not be too sloppy.
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