Project of the week/2011/Apr 20

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April 2011 - Food Month continues

April is food month. We'll be tagging various portions of the food supply system in and around our homes. We'll look at marketplaces for the full month; venues for many vendors of food directly from the source. Through the month we'll look at individual vendors of various foods. As always, Project of the Week and Project of the Month exist only to encourage your mapping. You don't need to wait for a project to add a cheese shop to the map! Unless, of course, you waited for this week! This week, prepared foods.

Delicatessen, convenience stores and prepared food

Deli in Rome.

Prepared foods occupy that middle ground between groceries and a restaurant. Some delicatessens have seating and table service, and might be correctly tagged as amenity=restaurant. But the stock in trade of the deli is prepared food. Cured meat, or potato salad, or caviar, or herbed olive oil for inclusion in your family meals. The convenience store might provide you with a pre-made sandwich and a carton of milk, but table service is unlikely. So is a chair. Recent studies have found that urban areas with financial challenges often lack the markets and grocery stores from earlier in this project of the month.

This week we look at those not-quite-restaurants that are not quite food vendors. The prepared food vendors such as delis and convenience stores are the focus of this Project of the Week. Let's put our local delis and convenience stores on the map.

Tagging suggestions

Like most shops, these stores may be represented as a point or an area in OpenStreetMap.

Required tags

  • Choose one of
  • name=*
  • building=retail # for a building outline. Building = yes is also correct but building = retail carries more context.

Recommended tags

Be sure to include opening hours.

Add addressing information for the shop.

Add building entrance locations as nodes on the building outline way.


These graphs should show your new deli addition to the map within an hour or two. osmdelipt-day.png

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