Opened 5 years ago

Closed 5 years ago

#12588 closed enhancement (duplicate)

Remove support for amenity=public_building and add tag to validator as deprecated

Reported by: Math1985 Owned by: team
Priority: normal Milestone:
Component: Internal preset Version:
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JOSM has since long supported the tag amenity=public_building. However, over the years, it has become more and more clear that there are a number of problems with this tag.

A discussion on this tag was held on the tagging mailing list, which resulted in a proposal and a vote:
The tag office=government (which already has JOSM support) was proposed (and accepted) as a better tagging scheme for government offices. At the same time, the tag amenity=public_building was formally marked as 'discouraged'.

Before this vote, the tag already had been marked as 'Don't use' on the wiki, apparently without discussion, since 2010 (see ).

The main reason for discouraging the tag was that it's meaning was not clear. It is used for a wide range of different things, such as government buildings, train stations, expo halls, art centres, municipal sport centres, and band stands, amongst others. Nearly all of these have more specific other tags.

The tag has limited software support. The editor iD does not support the tag, and neither does openstreetmap-carto.

I would propose to:

  • Remove the preset for amenity=public_building.
  • Add the tag to the list of deprecated tags of the validator, with office=government as suggested replacement. Not all objects currently tagged amenity=public_building are government buildings, but this is the best suggestion we can do.

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comment:1 Changed 5 years ago by anonymous

I was wondering what the status is of this report? Has anybody already decided whether this suggestion is or is not a good idea?

comment:2 Changed 5 years ago by Klumbumbus

Resolution: duplicate
Status: newclosed

Closed as duplicate of #8978.

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