[Talk-GB] too many universities in Cambridge

Dan S danstowell+osm at gmail.com
Sat May 23 12:26:57 UTC 2015

2015-05-23 12:49 GMT+01:00 David Earl <david at frankieandshadow.com>:
> On Sat, 23 May 2015 at 12:43 Andy Mabbett <andy at pigsonthewing.org.uk> wrote:
>> On 22 May 2015 at 14:58, David Earl <david at frankieandshadow.com> wrote:
>> > Yes, the operator tags are the same when it is the same institution -
>> > the
>> > colleges are independent institutions, part of the larger federation.
>> Is it necessary to show the college <=> university relationship in
>> OSM? If we tag one (set of) structures as "King's College", and
>> another as "Peterhouse", won't that suffice?
> I'm sure there are many ways of doing this, but that is what I did.

In my opinion: no it wouldn't suffice, because it doesn't identify the
operator among all the other King's Colleges in the country. IMHO it's
not encoding a relationship into the tag, it's just an unambiguous
name. Anyway it's harmless!

> This thread seems determined to undermine the University of Cambridge map by
> wanting to change everything it relies on.

Well no, clearly no-one's doing this with an intent to destroy the
university map! I assume everyone here just wants to make sure OSM is

> I did spend a long time thinking
> about how to do it at the beginning of the project, and did publish the
> details then. Reorganising it dramatically four years on for the sake of it
> would probably mean U of C abandoning OSM as being too costly to maintain.

Sorry, I guess this happens. But this kind of discussion is necessary
for us as a local community - otherwise we'll never really share
information about how we tag universities, hospitals etc. As long as
we keep it from getting sidetracked, and assume good faith, we'll be
OK. I know you would have liked all the discussion to be done and
dusted during your planning stages, I'm sorry I wasn't around for it.


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