OATP tags by region
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- This page is temporarily closed to public edits while the project (1) works out methods for communal governance and (2) builds software to deal with approved and deprecated tags. To suggest edits to this page, contact Peter Suber.
- In the war between lumpers and splitters, OATP is on the lumper side. The official or project-approved tags for regions tend to be few in number and broad in scope.
- But OATP supports splitters by supporting user-defined tags.
- If it's important to say that a development occurred in a particular political division of a country, build the tag from the national tag.
- Tags for the states of the USA are based on the official postal abbreviations, such as oa.usa.fl, oa.usa.ga, oa.usa.hi.
- But if you do use one of these political sub-division tags, also use the national tag (oa.canada, oa.india, oa.usa). That will help people searching for all OATP tag records on OA developments in certain countries.
- If you tag an item with a region tag for a certain country (oa.argentina, oa.botswana, oa.china), then consider tagging the same item by continent as well (oa.south_america, oa.africa, oa.asia). That will help people searching for all OATP tag records on OA developments in a certain continent.
- If you're unsure what tag to use for a certain region, then fee free to invent a tag with name you use for that region, oa.REGIONNAME.
- If you want, you could check to see whether or how often the tag you have in mind has already been used by OATP taggers. Just go to this URL http://tagteam.harvard.edu/hubs/oatp/tag/oa.REGIONNAME in your browser.
We don't maintain a complete list of the tags for countries. The main reason is that so many are obvious, like oa.argentina, oa.brazil, and oa.china.