Posted by marczoutendijk on 27 December 2014 in English. Last updated on 9 August 2015.


For some time now I have been working on taglocator. A tool that helps in locating where tags are to be found on the map. It is not unique, you can get the same results with many other tools (like overpass-turbo), but the difference (as usual) is in the user interface. Here is a screenshot: screenshot Start up the tool at:

  1. zoom in to your location (or use the search box)
  2. select something from the top left menu (Shop in the screenshot above)
  3. select something from the list on the right (Books/Stationary in the screenshot)

Watch for the small circles to popup on the screen and click within one of those circles to get more info on the node you selected. You can edit with a number of (preselected) OSM editors. When a website or wikipedia link is available, you can choose that as well. Taglocator is still in development and your comments (or wishes) are welcome.

My main reason for creating this tool is to find out what items still had to be put on the map. A lot I can tell you! The best way you can put it to use is to explore the area around you and fill in the gaps on the map. We should be able to beat Google!

Edit (20150130):

Currently taglocator is at version bèta 0.6b+ with many improvements.

There is also a wikipage on Taglocator:

Edit (20150809): Taglocator (1.08) changed its name and is now available under it’s own domain name as

Location: Vught, North Brabant, Netherlands


Comment from AndiG88 on 28 December 2014 at 05:23

My main reason for creating this tool is to find out what items still had to be put on the map.

If your main goal is to encourage mapping it would be great to have some indicators, which show tags that might be missing for a POI. For example I really like because it always encourages me to map opening hours.

And because I’m currently cleaning up the Wiki: Be careful with the presets you use. Sometimes bad tagging can be directly traced back to editors, quality assurance tools etc. Would also be nice if you linked to the Wiki pages on the selector.

Comment from marczoutendijk on 28 December 2014 at 13:09

Thanks for your input @AndiG88. Especially a link to the wiki might be very useful. Adding indicators probably makes the tool a bit overloaden with features. I want it to be small and fast with no screen clutter.

Comment from dcp on 29 December 2014 at 08:22

I like it and will definitely use it. In fact I already done. Deleted one confestionary and added a Pizza shop (have to gather the attribute details though). Well done.

Comment from marczoutendijk on 9 January 2015 at 15:53

Curently the version has now increased to Bèta 0.3b. There are many improvements (some are just on the softwarelevel) others are clearly visible. E.g. you can now set up your own tag selection and save/reload it as needed: User POIs in Taglocator.

Also the layout in the popupscreen has been improved: The name (when available) is now used as the heading for that poi, and links (both websites and wikipedia) are now in place links. I’m still working on more improvements. Please leave your comments here!

Comment from marczoutendijk on 30 January 2015 at 13:37

Version 0.6 brings many improvements:

Icons replace the colored circles:

Popup with much more information and better layout:

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