[OSM-talk] stop deleting abandoned railroads

Nicolás Alvarez nicolas.alvarez at gmail.com
Tue Aug 18 02:46:20 UTC 2015

2015-08-17 6:04 GMT-03:00 Martin Koppenhoefer <dieterdreist at gmail.com>:

> sent from a phone
> > Am 17.08.2015 um 08:28 schrieb Colin Smale <colin.smale at xs4all.nl>:
> >
> > OSM IDs are too volatile, and IIRC there were objections to putting
> "foreign keys" (like shop branch numbers) into OSM on the grounds that
> someone would need to maintain that link.
> Some people are adding tax identification numbers for businesses, the tag
> is ref:vatin
> but the number is typically referring to an operator. Of course this has
> to be maintained as well.
I have added many ref:vatin tags in my area. They are easy to survey and
verify: shops either have them in a sign visible from outside, or in a sign
inside near the point of sale, or they are about to get into trouble with
the tax office. They can perhaps serve as foreign keys.

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