US National Park Service Tagging

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Overview

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]

Roads

See the OSM Wiki page for tagging [US National Park Service Roads]

Trails

See the OSM Wiki page for tagging [US National Park Service Trails]

Buildings

See the OSM Wiki page for tagging [US National Park Service Buildings]

Boundaries

See the OSM Wiki page for tagging [US National Park Service Boundaries]

Natural Features

See the OSM Wiki page for tagging [US National Park Service Natural Features]

Places Database: Points of Interest

See below for guideline on how to integrate OSM Wiki for tagging OSM points with Places database.

Places[Park Tiles] is a database for NPS employees to add and edit Points of Interest, or points/markers that have icons on the map. Any feature that deserves an icon, such as a trailhead, boating access point, toilet or parking lot, should be in this database so that the symbols can properly render on the NPS maps.

Points can still be added to OSM but will have to follow the tags below in order to be rendered properly on NPS maps.

The lines and polygons of the features, such as parking lots or trails, should be mapped in OpenStreetMap.

You can also check out [Points of Interest] for hints and tips how how to map points using OSM and Places.

National Park Service Maps Points for Places and OSM Integration

OSM creates the base layer of the maps and the Places database renders all of the symbols and icons.

If there are any questions about the tags, I recommend reading http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Great_Smoky_Mountains_National_Park. The team at Great Smoky Mountains did an excellent job documenting and walking through map issues.

NPS Symbol Description OSM tag Source Notes
NPS-Airport-black-24.png
Airport aeroway=aerodrome Map Symbols: Harper's Ferry
NPS-Amphitheater-black-24.png
Amphitheather amenity=theatre theatre:type=amphi Map Symbols: Harper's Ferry
NPS-Boat-launch-black-24.png
Boat Launch leisure=slipway Map Symbols: Harper's Ferry
NPS boat tour.svg
Boat Tour route=ferry Map Symbols: Harper's Ferry Located on loading point of ferry route
NPS-Bike-trail-black-24.png
Bicycle Trail highway=track bicycle=yes Map Symbols: Harper's Ferry Located on Trailhead, or start of popular route
NPS-Bus-shuttle-stop-black-24.png
Bus stop/Shuttle stop highway=bus_stop Map Symbols: Harper's Ferry
NPS campfire.svg
Campfire leisure=firepit Map Symbols: Harper's Ferry Can be added as attribute to campsite
NPS campsite.png
Campsite tourism=camp_site camp_site=pitch Other Symbols: Harper's Ferry
NPS tent.svg
Campground tourism=camp_site Map Symbols: Harper's Ferry
NPS canoe access.svg
Canoe access access=canoe Map Symbols: Harper's Ferry
NPS-Cross-country-ski-trail-black-24.png
Crosscountry Skiing piste:type=nordic Map Symbols: Harper's Ferry
NPS downhill skiing.svg
Downhill skiing piste:type=downhill Map Symbols: Harper's Ferry
NPS-Drinking-water-black-24.png
Drinking water amenity=drinking_water Map Symbols: Harper's Ferry
Entrance Station barrier=entrance Other Symbols: Harper's Ferry
NPS first aid.svg
First Aid Station amenity=first_aid Map Symbols: Harper's Ferry
NPS fishing.svg
Fishing Area leisure=fishing Map Symbols: Harper's Ferry
NPS restaurant.svg
Food Service amenity=food_court Map Symbols: Harper's Ferry
NPS-4-wheel-drive-black-24.png
Four-Wheel Drive Road highway=track atv=yes Map Symbols: Harper's Ferry Located at start of road
NPS gas station.svg
Gas Station amenity=fuel Map Symbols: Harper's Ferry
NPS golfing.svg
Golfing leisure=golf_course Map Symbols: Harper's Ferry
Headquarters building=office office=government function=headquarters Other Symbols: Harper's Ferry Must be officially recognized headquarters
NPS horseback riding.svg
Horseback Riding leisure=horse_riding Map Symbols: Harper's Ferry
NPS hospital.svg
Hospital amenity=hospital Map Symbols: Harper's Ferry
NPS ice skating.svg
Ice Skating sport=skating Map Symbols: Harper's Ferry
NPS information.svg
Information tourism=information Map Symbols: Harper's Ferry
NPS litter receptacle.svg
Litter Receptacle/Trash amenity=waste_basket Map Symbols: Harper's Ferry
NPS lodging.svg
Lodging tourism=hotel Map Symbols: Harper's Ferry
NPS marina.svg
Marina leisure=marina Map Symbols: Harper's Ferry
NPS m.svg
Metro Stop railway=subway_entrance Map Symbols: Harper's Ferry
NPS motor bike trail.svg
Motor Bike Trail highway=track motorcycle=yes Map Symbols: Harper's Ferry
NPS parking.svg
Parking amenity=parking Map Symbols: Harper's Ferry
[[Image:|50px|center]] Peak natural=peak NPMap
NPS pets on leash.svg
Pets Allowed On Leash Area dog=yes Map Symbols: Harper's Ferry Not added to the editor... will eventually be an icon at trailheads
NPS picnic site.svg
Picnic Site leisure=picnic_site Map Symbols: Harper's Ferry
NPS post office.svg
Post Office amenity=post_office Map Symbols: Harper's Ferry
NPS radiator water.svg
Radiator Water emergency=water_tank Map Symbols: Harper's Ferry
NPS ranger station.svg
Ranger Station amenity=ranger_station Map Symbols: Harper's Ferry
NPS rv campground.svg
RV Campground tourism=camp_site caravans=yes Map Symbols: Harper's Ferry
NPS recycling.svg
Recycling amenity=recycling Map Symbols: Harper's Ferry
NPS restrooms.svg
Restrooms amenity=toilets Map Symbols: Harper's Ferry Eventually, details like babychanging=yes
NPS sanitary disposal station.svg
Sanitary Disposal Station amenity=dumpstation Map Symbols: Harper's Ferry
NPS sailing.svg
Sailing sport=sailing Map Symbols: Harper's Ferry
NPS scuba diving.svg
Scuba Diving sport=scuba_diving Map Symbols: Harper's Ferry
NPS self guiding trail.svg
Self Guiding Trail tourism=information information=guidepost Map Symbols: Harper's Ferry Should be located as a trailhead icon or point along the trail
NPS shelter.svg
Shelter amenity=shelter building=hut tourism=camp_site Map Symbols: Harper's Ferry
NPS showers.svg
Showers amenity=shower Map Symbols: Harper's Ferry
NPS sledding.svg
Snow Sledding piste:type=sled Map Symbols: Harper's Ferry
NPS snowmobile trail.svg
Snowmobile Trail highway=path snowmobile=yes Map Symbols: Harper's Ferry
NPS stable.svg
Stable building=stable Map Symbols: Harper's Ferry
NPS store.svg
Store shop=general Map Symbols: Harper's Ferry
NPS swimming.svg
Swimming Area sport=swimming Map Symbols: Harper's Ferry
NPS telephone.svg
Telephone amenity=telephone Map Symbols: Harper's Ferry
NPS emergency telephone.svg
Emergency telephone emergency=phone Map Symbols: Harper's Ferry
NPS trailhead.svg
Trailhead highway=trailhead Map Symbols: Harper's Ferry
Visitor Center information=office tourism=information NPMap
Waterfall waterway=waterfall NPMap
NPS wheelchair accessible.svg
Wheelchair Accessible wheelchair=yes Map Symbols: Harper's Ferry
NPS wifi.png
Wifi wifi=yes Other Symbols: Harper's Ferry
NPS wind surfing.svg
Wind Surfing Area sport=windsurfing Map Symbols: Harper's Ferry