[Talk-GB] too many universities in Cambridge

Phillip Barnett phillip.p.barnett at gmail.com
Thu May 21 22:12:21 UTC 2015

I'm a Cambridge mapper, but I'd advise doing nothing until you've spoken with David Earl who was contracted by Cambridge University to actually map the university - see this link

> On 21 May 2015, at 22:39, Dan S <danstowell+osm at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I don't relish bringing this up since it's a bit of a tangle, but I
> noticed Cambridge has a lot more universities than I thought!
> Apparently 1219, judging from the number of amenity=university tagged
> objects. In real life I'm aware of two: Cambridge Uni, Anglia Ruskin
> Uni.
> I think someone mentioned Cambridge Uni was using OpenStreetMap for
> some of its maps,* so I'd be nervous about proposing anything radical
> right now. But is there anyone on this list who is a Cambridge mapper,
> or connected to the university's use of mapping? It's possible that
> some team decided to use the tag to mark every college building (etc),
> when really amenity=university is supposed to mark a university, not a
> piece of a university.
> To do it "properly" it might need some neat relations to group these
> things. (Might be fun for someone who loves relations - various
> multi-site and hierarchical connections among the buildings scattered
> across town!) Alternatively there are tags in use such as
> building=university which might be good drop-in replacements...
> Best
> Dan
> * They use OSM for their basemap: http://map.cam.ac.uk/ - I wonder if
> they're getting their POI info from it too
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