[Talk-GB] Use of amenity=university within the University of Cambridge

Dave F davefoxfac63 at btinternet.com
Sun Apr 7 11:58:37 UTC 2019

I'm so glad this has been resurrected again. It's not only the tag 
mentioned, but others including leisure=pitch to represent recreation 

The university area requires amending to fit within accepted & agreed 
tagging rules.


On 07/04/2019 12:28, Robert Whittaker (OSM lists) wrote:
> I've noticed that there are rather a lot of amenity=university objects
> in Cambridge, most of which seem to be on individual buildings rather
> than actual universities or even university sites.
> http://overpass-turbo.eu/s/HLV This seems to be in line with the
> tagging scheme described at
> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Cambridge/University_of_Cambridge
> , but doesn't follow what it says at
> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:amenity%3Duniversity
> "Individual elements of the university should not be tagged with
> amenity=university but can be mapped with operator=* and the name of
> the university".
> The latter suggests that there should only be one amenity=university
> object per institution, with individual sites combined via a
> multi-polygon. I'm not sure I'd go quite that far, and I would be ok
> with using using amenity=university on the outline polygon of each
> site occupied by a university. At any rate I think it's wrong to
> classify individual internal buildings/features within each site as
> amenity=university.
> What do other people think? Could we get an agreement to at least
> remove the amenity=university tags from buildings etc within each
> larger university site? How best to tag university sites/campuses is
> perhaps a larger discussion, that it may take longer to reach a
> consensus on.
> Robert.
> PS: I'll invite David Earl to comment here, as he was behind the
> Project Drake work that did a lot of the mapping of University
> buildings.

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