[OSM-talk] Place Tagging Overview Wiki page

Martin Koppenhoefer dieterdreist at gmail.com
Mon Sep 25 13:38:06 UTC 2017



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> On 22. Sep 2017, at 17:22, SwiftFast <swiftfast at gmx.com> wrote:
> 
> There are many places to tag places. (node, way, admin area,
> landuse=residential, etc). This confuses me, and I assume it confuses
> many others. We need a comprehensive summary covering all cases.
> 
> Here's a draft: https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Place_tagging_overv
> iew . It's likely inaccurate/incomplete. Please help me improve it.



the reason for the confusion is maybe, that there are different kind of things mapped in the same key (place). A country as administrative territorial entity  is also covered by boundary=administrative and admin_level=2. Historically the place nodes for this kind of object had been needed because we couldn’t otherwise render these objects (too big/complex), e.g. with Osmarender. The precise intention of the tag isn’t very clear, because the wiki only says place=country is a tag for countries, but doesn’t specify what a country is, it does give a hint though that it is also for non “nation states”.

Wikipedia is more explicit and mentions several meanings: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Country

eg sovereign state, non-sovereign state, geografic region associated with sets of previously independent or differently associated people with distinct political characteristics.

Other place values like counties or municipalities would definitely not need to be mapped as places because they already are defined by their administrative boundaries.

For settlements the situation is somehow different (more like country), as the settlement land often doesn’t correspond to the political administrative territory with (often) the same name, simply because there’s (usually) space between on settlement and another.

I would be in favor of deprecating the use of place for things that are defined by administrative boundaries and of purely administrative nature (e.g. states, counties)

Cheers,
Martin 


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