[OSM-talk] From the SotM: tagging session

Roland Olbricht roland.olbricht at gmx.de
Mon Sep 30 04:50:25 UTC 2019

Hello everybody,

I have promised to report results from the tagging session at the SotM.
I'm sorry for being late. The good news are that there is a relatively
actionable item that has found general acclaim.

We would like to have a secondary tag documentation with the properties:

- It is stable and permanent.

- It is strictly descriptive. In particular, this means that it must be
able to cover multiple tagging approaches even if they contradict each

It has been conjectured that having a personal responable per subject or
even per individual page could help with quality. Everybody has agreed
that this approach comes in addition to the existing wiki and not as a

A lot of other tpoics have been touched.

It has been a talking point that the wiki should be purely descriptive.
There is no objection that people sort out tagging questions in the
wiki, but the mixture of purely descriptive and as normative intended
pages would cause confusion.

A tagging working group to write the Map Features pages has been
discussed. But the current state of existing working groups does rather
not suggest that is going to be self-sustaining.

I'm in particular grateful that developers from the major editors have
participated in the discussion. The people in the room were in general
happy with the editor's handling of tags as of now.

The general mood of the room was calm and constructive.

Best regards,


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