A subset of the planetary science community uses and develops GIS for scientific research and exploration of the planets and small bodies of our Solar System.

The OpenPlanetary initiative (http://openplanetary.github.io) wants to experiment with the idea of using a specific tag for all planetary scientists and developers to share knowledge within, and benefit from this Geographic Information Systems StackExchange community.

This tag may also be used across other existing StackExchange communities (eg.: astronomy, space exploration).

Do you think it's a good idea?

  • 2
    As described, the proposed 'planetary' tag sounds very meta, maybe because it's just an adjective. It seems to be just an umbrella to cover several other tags we already have, such as geography, geology, geodesy, and exogeography. It'd be like having a 'programmer' tag. Can you perhaps revise with what you'd put as the Wiki to specifically describe what the tag would cover?
    – Chris W
    Dec 19, 2015 at 18:53
  • I think that, at best, the jury is still out on this proposal so I am going to set status-deferred.
    – PolyGeo Mod
    Apr 7, 2016 at 22:18

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I think it might be. Make sure to tag at least two questions when creating it; so it won't automatically go away.

Also, it is nice to write a tag excerpt and tag wiki, as soon, the tag exists. The excerpt needs to be clear about how to use the tag in GIS SE. It can also contain a brief explanation about the topic. In the tag wiki, perhaps you could expand the explanation about how such subject is related to GIS.


I think the idea is fine but I would like to hear how this proposed tag differs from the tag for which the wiki excerpt is:

The science of structure, composition and development of Earth and other planets. Mostly concerned with planetary processes and resources.

and also what questions might be better asked here, and why, than at the alternative suggested by the wiki:

An alternative Stack Exchange for geology questions, which is currently in beta, is Earth Science.

The On Topic page for Earth Science includes:

The Earth Science Stack Exchange is for questions related to earth science disciplines.

If your question is about:

  • meteorology
  • geophysics
  • geology
  • climatology
  • oceanography
  • geochemistry
  • hydrology

then you are in the right place. The above list is not exhaustive, so if you feel your question is about earth science, go ahead and post it. You can also ask about these topics in reference to other planets that fall under the umbrella of planetary science. You are also welcome to ask questions about techniques or data sources related to these disciplines.


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