Mapping a Community Center

Posted by curiousscholar on 16 July 2013 in English (English)

Is there a tag for community centers? In adding the Islamic Community Center of Alameda as a place of worship, it takes away the fact that it is a very important community center within Alameda, CA not just a place of spirituality or prayer. I am also wondering why we can't add an address to places of worship or website? I mean, religions use digital media, too.

Comment from chillly on 16 July 2013 at 20:22

You can use amenity=community_centre.

You can add an address (addr:street=*, addr=housenumber etc) to any building or node.

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Comment from marscot on 16 July 2013 at 22:15

if you want you can add the tags contact:website= and contact:phone= contact:email= hope this helps you :)

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Comment from robert on 16 July 2013 at 22:15

@curiousscholar this is a bit of a "known issue" with our tagging scheme (particularly "amenity"s) - ideally you'd be able to tag something as both a place of worship and a community centre, but of course since both features use the amenity= key, that doesn't work. There has been talk of using ; separated multiple values, e.g. amenity=place_of_worship;community_centre, but little if any software (such as renderers) interprets/supports that.

The spelling of amenity=community_centre is of course also another display of the curious britishisms that infest osm.

Probably more information than you wanted there.

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Comment from curiousscholar on 16 July 2013 at 22:49

Thank you! All of this is very helpful! I am trying to map where I am living since there isn't too much covered yet in Alameda, CA (nice little town next to Oakland).

@robert I was similarly wondering if tagging something as both/and was a possibility (a lot of things/places in Alameda end up serving dual functions), but too bad...I wish I could help on the tech development side (I am very new to all of this), so I think all I can do now is cheer someone on for figuring that out!

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Comment from robert on 17 July 2013 at 12:15

You absolutely can tag things with dual functions, just not if they both collide using the same key (amenity=...).

One of the alternatives would be to create two objects right next to each other but that's also a bit nasty because we like to follow a principle we call,_one_OSM_element

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