Talk:Cambridge/University of Cambridge

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Internal highways - access=private?

The page says that all internal highways should be tagged as access=private. But many of the footways in the colleges are open to the public. Yes, there are time restrictions, and for some colleges you have to pay an entrance fee. But it's not uncommon for parks and even some roads (e.g. mountain passes) to be closed at certain times, and there are toll roads and the like where you have to pay for access. These ways aren't usually tagged access=private. So shouldn't the paths where the public is admitted rather be access=permissive, ideally with opening_hours=* and possibly some information about the entrance fee? At least we should distinguish paths which usually can be accessed by tourists from paths where tourists usually aren't admitted. Markobr (talk) 20:04, 6 October 2013 (UTC)--

Buildings amenity=university?

The page proposes a tagging for buildings that do not conform with current tagging style.

While the whole campus should be tagged amenity=university, the individual buildings should not.

Instead a more specific tagging than building=yes is now common, e.g. building=university. --Polarbear w (talk) 21:12, 6 August 2014 (UTC)

This is tagging which is actually in use by several thousand members of Cambridge University. The University is not a campus so many parts of the university are discrete and it is suitable to tag these with amenity=university. Other university buildings include churches, libraries, houses (incorporated as student accomodation), shops and a range of other things for which building=university would be unsuitable. In the main current tagging creates no inconvenience for OSM users and mappers in the Cambridge area: and I certainly appreciate the value added by the University sponsored project carried out by David Earl, as I have used the data to find locations on university property several times. SK53 (talk) 21:27, 6 August 2014 (UTC)
I agree with Polarbear w, the common practice elsewhere (as with schools) is for amenity=university to apply to the outline, but not individual buildings within the outline. So in the case of Cambridge, all colleges and department outlines would have amenity=university, but the buildings inside would be tagged as building=university (or something more specific, such as residential, library etc.). Buildings don't need amenity=university, since they have the operator tag.
I think it does create inconvenience, as a search with overpass turbo indicates that there are over 1200 "unversities" in the Cambridge area, and this is obviously ridiculous and unhelpful. --Confusedbuffalo (talk) 13:24, 11 July 2016 (UTC)

Building=entrance and entrance=*

I propose removing all building=entrance tags from entrances across the university, since this tag is deprecated and entrances all appear to be tagged with appropriate entrance=* tags.

If I hear no valid objections soon, then I will do this, in a semi-automated manner (most likely with an appropriate search in JOSM and then remove the tags), but being careful to only remove building=entrance tags where there are also entrance=* tags present. Doing this more manually would take too long. Overpass turbo indicates there are more than 2000 building=entrance nodes in Cambridge, with most of them being on university buildings.--Confusedbuffalo (talk) 15:00, 8 July 2016 (UTC)

The University Map renderer no longer relies on building=entrance, because this was deprecated (after all the original data was added, though!). It now looks just at entrance=... tags instead. Anywhere building=entrance is actually used on its own (which would be a mistake in my original University data entry) could usefully be replaced with entrance= instead. David.earl 15:20, 8 July 2016 (UTC)
In which case I've gone ahead and done it: There were a few entrances which didn't have entrance=*, so I set them simply to entrance=yes. It needs a survey to tell if a more specific tag could be used.--Confusedbuffalo (talk) 16:21, 8 July 2016 (UTC)