Namibian Tagging Standards

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Please always upload your GPS traces with the tag "Namibia" so other people can search for it

Ways

Used standards for tagging ways:

Inter-Town

Road type Keys Description Example Photo
Freeways (Windhoek only?) highway=motorway
oneway=yes
lanes=...
ref=...
name=...
Divided highway (separate lanes) with limited access - i.e. on/off ramps. B1 in Windhoek. Where they are not normal B roads
B roads highway=trunk
ref=B..
name=B...
Major (mostly paved) B roads connecting major cities. Although these are not really trunk roads, they are the major routes within Namibia and should already be rendered at low zoom levels. B1, B6
C roads highway=primary
ref=C..
name=C...
surface=...
Major routes connecting major and minor cities. Consider adding the surface tag to indicate paved (paved) or gravel (unpaved) roads/sections. C26
D roads highway=secondary
ref=D...
name=D...
surface=...
Minor inter-town routes. Usually gravel. The surface tag should be added. D1206
M roads
(new since 2008)
highway=secondary
ref=M...
name=M...
surface=...
Minor inter-town routes. Usually gravel. The surface tag should be added. M22
F roads
(formerly "P roads")
highway=tertiary
ref=F...
name=F...
surface=...
Minor roads, often crossing or connecting private property (i.e. farms). The surface tag should be added. Fxxxx
Unclassified roads (e.g. on farms) highway=service
surface=...
Small service-like roads usually found on private property, connecting e.g. water holes and farm gates. The surface tag should be added.
other roads e.g. highway=unclassified
or
highway=residential
Everything else (have a look at possible values for the highway tag).
roads in national parks e.g. highway=track
unless an official road number exists or it is a major througroad (then: =unclassified)

In-Town

Road type Keys Description Example Photo
B roads highway=trunk
ref=B..
name=Street Name / B...
Major B roads within major cities. Aus Road / B1
Major roads highway=secondary
name=Street Name
surface=...
Major other roads within towns Independence Avenue

Other roads in towns / cities are "residential" (all other that are not B or major roads) and "minor" (within industrial areas).

Administrative Levels: Namibia

Tagging according to official status as of this link:

  • Stadtgemeinde / Gemeinde = City (Municipality) -> boundary administrative = 3
  • Stadt = Town -> boundary administrative = 4
  • Dorf = Village -> boundary administrative = 5
  • Siedlung = Hamlet -> boundary administrative = 6
  • Ansiedlung = Isolated Dwelling (not a farm house; small settlements / private towns without an official status, e.g. Helmeringhausen) -> no boundary