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Now over thousand embassies tagged with country code

Posted by Serpens on 30 December 2009 in English (English)

In March 2009 (nine months ago) I started to tag embassies worldwide with ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 country codes (for example the German embassy in Paris: "country=de"; see also http://www.openstreetmap.org/user/Serpens/diary/5734 ). Now there are over thousand embassies with tags (1,009 with tags from 1,042 embassies overall). I think I added circa two thirds of these tags.

Comment from ColinMarquardt on 30 December 2009 at 17:59

To be really nitpicky, it should be country=DE (uppercase), since you are talking about the country, not the language (compare with addr:country). But it doesn't matter so much (and is automatable if needed), it's a great job anyway, so thanks!

Comment from Serpens on 30 December 2009 at 20:37

Hm, I think you are right. I'll do it in future with upper case.

Comment from rendle on 30 December 2009 at 23:42

Nice work.

Comment from Skippern on 31 December 2009 at 00:25

Colin have a point as br is the language Breton, while BR is Brazil, but as we probably have no Breton embassies than this can probably be done either by make the test ignore case, bot to change all to uppercase, or let the test force all to uppercase. All of these will have same result.

Comment from robert on 31 December 2009 at 14:46

This is really great.

One of those things that had never even crossed my mind.

Comment from skela on 3 January 2010 at 09:17

Another common mistake is using SE for Swedish. Sweden is abbreviated se, but Swedish is SV. SE stands for Northern Sámi, one of the languages spoken by the Lapland natives in Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. Similar to the Bretons, there ought to be no Sámi embassies.

Comment from Serpens on 3 January 2010 at 12:57

skela: Okay, that's right (although you mixed up upper and lower case). But I think people know that countries not languages have embassies :-)
In future embassies should be tagged with upper case, that's clear.

Comment from Serpens on 4 January 2010 at 15:01

It's done! I switched all country codes to upper case.

Comment from johanemilsson on 12 June 2013 at 08:42

I’ve begun mapping all the swedish embassies.

http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/WikiProject_Sweden/Beskickningar

Comment from Serpens on 12 June 2013 at 16:01

@johanemilsson: Great!

Do you know any way to download all embassies in one file for JOSM? I used Xapi before but I now it seems to be broken… (e.g. timeout error or no version tag etc.)?

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