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Tagging universities

I think that these tags should be generalized. The University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada (where I am right now) has a similar college system, and I think that similar tagging should be used for universities in general. Obviously the college tags can be omitted for universities that don't have colleges, but other tags (building, department, etc.) are still applicable. I strongly object to the use of "durham_university" or similar tagging. Andrewpmk 07:58, 23 November 2007 (UTC)

Yeah building=durham_university seems wrong. Maybe another tag 'organisation=Durham University' or 'institution=Durham University' along with 'building=university'. Don't think it should be lowercase underscored either, because it's a name. -- Harry Wood 11:01, 23 November 2007 (UTC)
There is an operator tag for various things, although this cause some confusion because some colleges are operated/owned by the uni, some are legally independent somehow. 'organisation=Durham University' sounds nice. - LastGrape 17:05, 25 November 2007 (UTC)
durham_university definitely wrong, I think we all agree; I like institution more than organisation, or was thinking "university=Durham University" or similar before I read many of these comments. Operator seems at the wrong level (one heirarchy above). Also doesn't fit that operator used more with multiple-entities (compare other use, & eg. for schools in a district/county/.., operator could be the local education authority). -- User:jgbreezer 18:11, 21 August 2008 (UTC)
How does this sit with use of amenity=university? -- Harry Wood 11:01, 23 November 2007 (UTC)
I don't think this would be nice to tag it on every building here as it would really look like the city was just a uni campus with a cathedral in the middle. I've tagged an area as the main site (known as the science site) and that works well. -- LastGrape 17:05, 25 November 2007 (UTC)
Rather than tagging everything as a university/university building, could we not make use of the new relations model to group buildings by department/colleges, then departments/colleges in to a university? It would seem somehow better to me that having to tag everything with which university/organisation it is part of, as to a renderer that may look like there are a large number of universities in Durham, all called "Durham University". To me, tags like "amenity=university" make more sense when the university is a single large area, or several large but well spaced areas, but make less sense when applied to a dense collection of constituent buildings interspersed with other buildings. For example, asking for directions to "Durham University" wouldn't yield a meaningful answer as there are so many parts of it spread over a large area, where as in a campus based university such as Lancaster, asking directions to "Lancaster University" would (or at least could) yield something more useful. Philipcullen 13:18, 26 November 2007 (UTC)
That's why I only want to tag about one place in Durham with amenity=university. Tagging the others as building=university. Most renders accept any value for building on an area (so the outline shows up whatever it is). So building=university would mark it as something of interest for any-body/program that was focused on university, but not overcrowd generalised bodies/programs. - LastGrape 21:31, 26 November 2007 (UTC)
like this one. -- User:jgbreezer 18:11, 21 August 2008 (UTC)