[OSM-talk-be] Type of environment - tags

Marc Gemis marc.gemis at gmail.com
Mon Jul 13 04:59:56 UTC 2015

Hallo Jan,

There are no tags to indicate that something is nearby. There is also no
need to tag this, as all data has coordinates. So the towns, canals,
forests etc. all have coordinates that determine their place on the world.
Using those coordinates, one can also calculate the distance between 2

Therefore you can use Postgis or QGIS with have functions to calculate
distances. Even the Overpass API could  work for some simple cases.
I do not really have hands on experience, so in case you need more
information, so hopefully someone with GIS experience can chime in.
Otherwise you might have to turn to http://gis.stackexchange.com/ with your



On Mon, Jul 13, 2015 at 12:08 AM, Jan Vansteenlandt <
vansteenlandt.jan at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi all, (OSM newbie here)
> I was searching through the taginfo section of the OSM project and I was
> looking for environmental data. e.g. “this place, or position at x,y is in
> a city area, and there’s also a canal nearby”
> Now tags ofcourse only contain bits of information, but maybe there’s a
> prefix for a tag that contains specific information about the surroundings
> such as “forest, city, waterway, sea, outdoors, farmland, etc.”
> Any idea of how this info is structured in OSM (if it is at all) or any
> idea of other maps implementing this (I explicitly avoided the word google
> ma… ) ;)
> Met vriendelijke groeten,
> Jan Vansteenlandt
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