Chapter 9: Inserting Special Tag in JOSM

Learning Objectives

  • Be able to insert tag in iD Editor

  • Be able to insert tag in JOSM

  • Understanding standard tags that are used in OpenStreetMap

You understand how to add data in OpenStreetMap and how to maintain the quality of existing data so that we can contribute better. In this training we want the objects that we mapped in OpenStreetMap to also appear as an article in Wikipedia. Therefore we need to insert some special tags so that later, articles based on mapped objects, can be uniformly displayed and in accordance with applicable rules.

9.1 Inserting Tag in iD Editor

When we want to add special tags in iD Editor we must ensure that we are connected to the Internet. Here are the steps for inserting a tag in iD Editor.

  1. Open the site: www.openstreetmap.org

  2. Sign in with your OSM account

  3. Select edit with iD Editor

  4. Select object that you want to add the tag


Display of tag in iD Editor

  1. Then select All tags and click + and add tag that you want.


Tag box in iD Editor

  1. After that, let’s Save your changes.

9.2 Inserting Tag in JOSM

Besides inserting a special tag to the object using iD Editor we can also insert the tags to objects using JOSM. Basically inserting tags in JOSM almost equal to iD Editor. Here are the steps:

  1. Open JOSM in your computer/laptop

  2. Download area you want to edit

  3. Select the object you want to add tags

  4. Then click Add on properties box on the right side as shown in the figure below


Adding tag in JOSM

  1. Type the tag that you want to use as shown in the figure below:


Adding key and value box

  1. Then click OK

9.3 Presets Standardization

OpenStreetMap allows all users to provide as many details as they can about their map. This information can be imprinted on each object using the menu presets available on OSM editor. We often find inconsistencies in the provision of information on various objects. Therefore the presets help standardization and uniformity of data.

Menu Presets are made for these purposes:

  1. To ensure the stability (consistency) of data

  2. To facilitate the search and processing data

  3. As a benchmark in the provision of information through the presets

  4. As a reference if you want to make improvements or validate the data

  5. Maximizing the use of existing Internal Presets in JOSM

  6. Maximizing data visualization on OpenStreetMap website

By using presets, standardization is enforced for all OSM users that use the standard menu preset when editing the map. One of the advantages of using internal presets that are already available in JOSM is the object visualization will render correctly on the OSM website.

To see standardized features used in JOSM menu presets please visit the following address: http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Id:Map_Features


Amenities list in Wiki OSM

Here are some informations that you should put into this project:


  • Building name (key : name)

  • Ownership (key : operator)

  • Building type (key : amenity)

  • Building level (key : building:levels)

  • Address (key : addr:full)

  • Reference (key : source:ref)


  • Highway name (key : name)

  • Ownership (key : operator)

  • Highway type (key : highway)

  • Reference (key : source:ref)

  • Highway width (key : width)

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