|office = consulting|
|An office for a consulting firm, providing expert professional advice to other companies or organisations.|
|Rendering in openstreetmap-carto|
|Used on these elements|
|Status: in use|
|Tools for this tag|
An office for a consulting firm, providing expert professional advice to other companies or organisations.
It can be an office of a large consulting firm with several areas of expertise (KPMG, Accenture), or a smaller firm that provides consulting services in a specific sector (energy, industry, IT, environment). In both cases, the client of the consulting firm is another company or organisation, and not a physical person.
|Do not use for places where any person can come and receive advice (legal advice, family planning, medium, etc). Such places are probably better described with tags in amenity=* or social_facility=*.|
How to map
Set a node at the center of the feature or draw an area along its outline. Tag it with office=consulting and name=*. Then add an additional consulting=* tag to describe the area of expertise when appropriate.
Which tag should be used?
There has been no formal proposal. Currently, there is a mess of different tags used for the same purpose:
As the table above reveals, there are several problems:
- three different forms: consulting, consultant, consultancy. The most OSM-ish tag would be consultant, but it's much less used than consulting. Also, a lot of these firm actually have consulting as part of their name, so it makes office=consulting the currently preferred form until a formal proposal is written.
- subclassification of the type of consulting firm as a brand new office=* tag, while it should go in an additional consulting=* subtag instead.