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This Sitka Seaplane Base / airport is currently defunct. I'm wondering if it's best to delete the node, which would lead to it looking to some like it hasn't been mapped, or tag it defunct. I didn't find a tag of such sorts, so I thought I should ask.

asked 14 Mar '16, 19:49

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Use a lifecycle prefix tagging, like you are thinking of. Use …

  • disused: as prefix for the current tag's key if the airport is not currently available for use, but could be reinstated easily.
  • abandoned: as prefix for the current tag's key if the airport has fallen into serious disrepair and which could only be put back into operation with considerable effort.

If the airport is defunct for just a short period of time (roughly less 6 months), do nothing. Otherwise offline data users would be harmed too much.

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answered 14 Mar '16, 20:01

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It is closed for good, thanks for the help.

(14 Mar '16, 20:41) Jfact0ry

It depends. Normally I'd say "lifecycle tagging" (as aseerel4c26 already has), but what exactly is a seaplane base? Is it just a spot in sea where seaplanes used to take off from? If so, and there's nothing at all there now, I'd just delete the node. However, if there is something left (perhaps on-shore buildings) then it may be worth tagging with an appropriate lifecycle tag.

You may also want to consider adding the data to OpenHistoricalMap - see http://www.openhistoricalmap.org/about for more information.

As an aside, this node has come from the "our airports" import. That is claimed, on http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Import/Catalogue#One-Time_Imports to be public domain, but there have been questions about that, such as https://lists.openstreetmap.org/pipermail/newbies/2011-August/006584.html .

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answered 14 Mar '16, 20:28

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There is a dock there in a state of disrepair so someone could try to use it still but it's been condemned.

(14 Mar '16, 20:43) Jfact0ry

oh, in fact, I did not read about that "seaplane" bit. Yes, agree - if there would be nothing there, then a deletion would be fine (although one could argue to leave a note tag for other mappers until it has vanished from our aerial imagery). I do not know seaplane airports ... I would guess that there also is some infrastructure (buoys, special piers, ...).

(14 Mar '16, 20:46) aseerel4c26 ♦

For info, there's a picture of a large seaplane base here:


(that's a different one, in the north of Ireland)

(14 Mar '16, 21:17) SomeoneElse ♦
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