[OSM-talk] Recent spikes in the use of road key

Bert -Araali- Van Opstal bert.araali.afritastic at gmail.com
Wed Mar 3 18:34:48 UTC 2021

I agree, didn't say it is a violation (yet).

Combinations of the suspicious keys:

road_name = 

road = https://taginfo.openstreetmap.org/keys/road#combinations 

All seem to be in my opinion incorrect use and appeared massively in a 
very short time.

On 03/03/2021 21:27, Pierre Béland wrote:
> We see a spike yes in objects references with road=*.   But we need to 
> know what type of object they are describing. This tag can be the main 
> tag that wants to refer to roads, or this can be a secondary tag used 
> with a tag like historical=yes, memorial=*, etc.
> Look for example at https://www.openstreetmap.org/node/2209159511 
> <https://www.openstreetmap.org/node/2209159511>
> For the Taginfo chronology, the map shows the distribution and we see 
> a lot of objects with road=* in Germany.  Suspecting more of these,
> Below a short analysis with  Overpass queries to compare usage for 
> nodes and ways comparing part of Europe with part of Africa.  In 
> Germany, we observe that the tag  "historic": "milestone" is often 
> used on nodes with road=Road name. In Africa, we find more ways that 
> probably refer to highways.
> West Europe, 187 nodes https://overpass-turbo.eu/s/14vb 
> <https://overpass-turbo.eu/s/14vb>
>                       79 ways https://overpass-turbo.eu/s/14vc 
> <https://overpass-turbo.eu/s/14vc>
> Africa,               4 nodes https://overpass-turbo.eu/s/14vf 
> <https://overpass-turbo.eu/s/14vf>
>                      338 ways https://overpass-turbo.eu/s/14ve 
> <https://overpass-turbo.eu/s/14ve>
> As you see, we need deeper analysis to find where this spike comes from.
> regard
> Pierre
> Le mercredi 3 mars 2021 12 h 55 min 16 s UTC−5, Bert -Araali- Van 
> Opstal <bert.araali.afritastic at gmail.com> a écrit :
> Taginfo link for chronology: 
> https://taginfo.openstreetmap.org/keys/road#chronology 
> <https://taginfo.openstreetmap.org/keys/road#chronology>
> On 03/03/2021 20:33, Bert -Araali- Van Opstal wrote:
> Just the key "road=*", search for road in Taginfo tab KEY.
> In Taginfo I searched for the key, got a long list with all kinds of 
> keys containing the word "road", then selected just "road" from the 
> list returned by taginfo.
> If you go to chronology tab you see the spikes very clearly.
> Greetings,
> Bert Araali
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