[OSM-talk] Adding architect names to buildings

Robert (Jamie) Munro rjmunro at arjam.net
Wed Feb 18 12:52:41 GMT 2009


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Frankie Roberto wrote:
> Hi all,
> 
> I've started adding architects names to buildings in Manchester (based
> on a combination of local history sources and Wikipedia), and so thought
> I'd better document the tag I'm using in case others want to do the
> same: http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:architect

Nice idea.

> The only problem I could think of was whether the key should be singular
> or plural. I got the feeling that the singular would match existing tags
> better.

Agreed.

> Looking through Tagwatch I noticed that both artist=* and artist_name=*
> have been used (presumably for public sculptures and art installation),
> and I did wonder whether architect_name=* would be better. It seems that
> artist_name=*  matches old_name=*  better, but on the other hand it's
> not particularly ambiguous having artist=* or architect=*.

Why should it match old_name? Your not describing a name of the object,
you are referencing the designer of the object. Unless you want
architect_name, architect_address, architect_date_of_birth,
architect_..., it seems pointless.

Robert (Jamie) Munro
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