[Talk-GB] 2016 first quarterly project:Schools

SK53 sk53.osm at gmail.com
Sun Jan 3 14:31:41 UTC 2016

Generally I will place the name tag on the school grounds and not on the
buildings. This allows individual buildings to be given names, if they have
them: e.g., Science Block, Nursery.

A couple of complications:

   - Campus sites: several schools share facilities, particularly playing
   fields. The most complex one I know of is in Northwich
   <http://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=16/53.2470/-2.5336>. The shared
   playing fields are mapped as leisure=recreation_ground with the individual
   schools now being mapped as polygons, but sometimes it is difficult without
   good local knowledge to separate out distinct institutions.
   - School Recreation Ground also available out of school hour, either as
   a local rec., or in association with a sports centre co-located with the
   school. In this case I think it can be left to the mapper's discretion as
   to whether the school polygon includes the playing field or not.


On 3 January 2016 at 13:40, Bogus Zaba <bogsub at bogzab.plus.com> wrote:

> On 02/01/16 15:24, Dave F. wrote:
> > On 02/01/2016 12:51, Brian Prangle wrote:
> >> That gives a total of 32,318 schools. Taginfo shows 27,191 schools
> >> which is 84.1% coverage in OSM. However 6,348 are represented as
> >> nodes only. It would be great to have these as polygons and
> >> associated buildings. It would also be great to have close to 100%
> >> coverage.
> >>
> >> This data comes from a cursory web search. If anyone has better or
> >> newer data, it's welcome.
> >>
> >
> > From experience I would say schools are the entities that are most
> > likely to be mapped with duplicating nodes & polygons, so I'm unsure
> > if those numbers are truly representative. I've even noticed that
> > individual school buildings are occasionally tagged as amenity=school
> > causing a similar problem to Cambridge University..
> >
> > The boundary polygon should include not only the buildings &
> > playgrounds, but recreation grounds/sports pitches
> >
> > ---
> Local school here (Denbighshire, Wales) has been shown as a boundary
> polygon with tag amenity=school and the main school building is a
> polygon within the boundary tagged as building=school. Both polygons
> have a name tag which is the same (Ysgol Hiraddug).
> Is this the right way to tag?
> --
> Dr Bogumil N Zaba
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