US National Park Service Tagging
The purpose of the NPS Tagging "Wiki" is to provide guidance on contributing and tagging OSM data within US National Park footprints in such a manner that provides a consisten methodology for capturing, mapping, and rendering data and maps using OSM.
Numerous National Park units manage GIS data collection efforts which includes updates to trails, roads, streams, points of interest, and topography. These data are considered "Core Base Data" and are thourougly vetted to present "Authoritative Data" to the public.
National Park Service "Tagging" involves migrating these data into OSM. Where vector lines (roads, streams) cross the park boundaries, nodes should be edge matched for linear continuity of features that cross the boundary. It is best to work only in small geographic regions of a park at one time, which limits node updates to 1 or 2 roads and a dozen trails at one time, as to avoid issues associated with massive, bulk imports. Given that some park visitor services are closed seasonally, appropriate tags should reflect hours/months of operation. OSM leadership has requested that the NPS does not sponsor bulk imports of NPS data, given the long lead time during editing which can cause performance issues on the OSM server.
There are no plans to include unplanned closure tags, such as those due to construction or natural disaster.
A key benefit of the NPS contribution to the OSM project is to give providers of location-based services (GPS, on-line mapping, map publishers, on-line routing) necessary map data in order to provide the public SAFE and ACCURATE navigation options within national parks and to assist in locating visitor services.
ONLY data that is made available to the public via the [NPS Data Store] can be contributed to OSM by National Park Service employees and official volunteers. Under no circumstance can the National Park Service make data available exclusively to a third-party, such as a mapping web page. Nor can the National Park Service publish data that can identify the location of a sensitive resource and/or allow map data to be used in a manner that threatens a federally protected resource. In addition, the National Park Service will not publish map data that, when used as a navigation tool, can expose employees or visitors to hazardous situations. Data that cannot be made available to the public, through any interface includes data that is protected by federal law.
OSM mappers are free, of course, to contribute any data they wish to OSM within NPS unit footprints, either sourced from the NPS web page or from their own sources.
We recommend that OSM Mappers "adopt" a park and document their involvement on the [WikiProject US National Parks page.] One way to get involved with contributing NPS data to OSM is to contact your local National Park and get a handle on the data they have.
This US National Park Service Tagging Wiki is set up to provide a separate wiki page for each tagging scenario, to provide detailed information on each NPS tagging theme. This also keeps most of the text for each page "above the fold." We encourage OSM mappers to contribute data and to the wiki!
We also encourage NPS OSM Mappers to join the [Talk-NPS Mailing List]
See the OSM Wiki page for tagging [US National Park Service Roads]
See the OSM Wiki page for tagging [US National Park Service Trails]
See the OSM Wiki page for tagging [US National Park Service Buildings]
See the OSM Wiki page for tagging [US National Park Service Boundaries]
See the OSM Wiki page for tagging [US National Park Service Natural Features]
Points of Interest=
See the OSM Wiki for tagging [Points of Interest]
The National Park Service Harpers Ferry Center develops and maintains public map symbols. Below is a chart to help convert from National Park Service symbols to OSM tags.
|NPS Symbol||Description||OSM tag||Proposed Tag||Interim Tag|
|4-Wheel Drive Road||highway=track atv=*|
|Bus stop/Shuttle stop||highway=bus_stop|
|First Aid Staion||amenity=firstaid emergency=aed|
|Motor Bike Trail||highway=track and atv=*|
|Nordic Trail||route=ski piste:type=nordic|
|Pets Allowed On Leash Area||none|
|Sanitary Disposal Station||amenity=dumpstation|
|Self Guiding Trail||none|
|Snowmobile Trail||highway=path snowmobile=designated|
|Swimming Area||leisure=swimming_pool or sport=swimming|
|Wind Surfing Area||sport=windsurfing|