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Observation of the current functional status of a mapped feature - now discouraged Edit or translate this description.
Group: Lifecycle
Used on these elements
use on nodes unspecifieduse on ways unspecifieduse on areas unspecifieduse on relations unspecified
Documented values: 1
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Status: draftPage for proposal


The key operational_status=* has been used in the past to document an observation of the current functional status of a mapped feature.

In the past this tag was sometimes used by the HDM for Humanitarian mapping projects, for example with amenity=drinking_water. It has also been used with building imports and some organized mapping activities.

In many cases this tag is discouraged. It is now preferred to use a Lifecycle prefix such as disused:, abandoned: or construction:, or in some cases a lifecycle tag such as disused=*, abandoned=*, construction=*: see Comparison_of_life_cycle_concepts.

Values in use

A wide variety of similar values have been used with this key, many with overlapping meanings.

Positive (functional / operational):

Negative (Not operational or function):



See also