About taginfo

Building on taginfo

The taginfo software

OpenStreetMap uses tags to add meaning to geographic objects. There is no fixed list of those tags. New tags can be invented and used as needed. Everybody can come up with a new tag and add it to new or existing objects. This makes OpenStreetMap enormously flexible, but sometimes also a bit hard to work with.

Whether you are contributing to OSM or using the OSM data, there are always questions like: What tags do people use for feature X? What tags can I use for feature Y so that it appears properly on the map? Is the tag Z described on the wiki actually in use and where?

Taginfo helps you by showing statistics about which tags are actually in the database, how many people use those tags, where they are used and so on. It also gets information about tags from the wiki and from other places. Taginfo tries to bring together all information about tags to help you understand how they are used and what they mean. See a list of sources taginfo uses.

You can use the data from taginfo in your own projects:

API

Taginfo data can be accessed through a REST API. See the API documentation for the details, some general information is on the OSM wiki. The servers running the taginfo API do not have unlimited resources. Please use the API responsibly. If in doubt contact the maintainers of the site you are using or talk to us on the mailing list.

Download

If you want to play around with the data used by taginfo, you can download the regularly updated Sqlite database files. All the preprocessing is done for you. See the download page for a list of files. Note that some of these files can get quite large. If you want to download them regularly, contact the maintainers of the site you are using or talk to us on the mailing list.

License

The data available through taginfo is licenced under ODbL, the same license as the OpenStreetMap data.

The taginfo software was created and is maintained by Jochen Topf. The web design was created by Christian Topf.

Translations

We need translators for the taginfo user interface. See the translations overview for languages that need some work. More information on how to help is on the OSM wiki.

Code

All the software behind the taginfo sites is Open Source. You can get it on GitHub. For an overview see the page about the taginfo architecture on the OSM wiki.

Running your own instance

You can run your own taginfo site, for instance with data for just your own country. Instructions are on the OSM wiki.

Bug reports and feature requests

Bug reports and feature requests should be directed to the GitHub issue tracker. Or you can come talk to us on the mailing list.

Contact/Mailing list

Contact us on the taginfo-dev mailing list if you have questions or want to help.

About This Site

This is the main taginfo site. It contains OSM data for the whole planet and is updated daily.

This site is run by the OSMF and maintained by Jochen Topf and the Sysadmin team.

Several other taginfo sites are operated by different people for different areas of the world.

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