Tag:office=consulting

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Description
An office for a consulting firm, providing expert professional advice to other companies or organisations. Edit or translate this description.
Rendering in openstreetmap-carto
Office-16.svg
Group: Offices
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may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysmay be used on areasshould not be used on relations
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Status: in use

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.

How to map

Set a node node at the center of the feature or draw an area 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:

office=consulting
company=consulting
shop=consulting
office=consultant
office=consultancy
office=consulting_engineer
office=consulting_engineers
office=innovation_consulting
office=immigration_consultant
office=business_consultant
office=planning_consultant
office=environmental_consultant
office=environmental_consultancy

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.