I'd like to have a tool for monitoring changes in OpenStreetMap (OSM) for tags only, not geometry. For instance, I'm interested in detecting any tag changes regarding one-ways in streets. This can be the 1) suppression of the tag oneway=*, 2) the modification of the value of the key (oneway:yes -> oneway:no), 3) the addition of a tag oneway=* to a highway, or 4) the creation of a new object tagged with oneway=* (the latter including the creation of a new geometry).

For now, I'm using a overpass query using the adiffargument, as e.g.:

out meta;
out skel qt;

This query shows me all the changes associated to any objects tagged with oneway=* in my search area between the 2 dates. The problem is that I have a lot of false positives which are not strictly related to the oneway tags: addition of other tags (eg; surface=*), slight changes in the geometry like node alignments, etc.

How can I detect the changes that are only related to the tag "oneway"?

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As of release 0.7.54, best option would be to run two queries at different points in time using the [date: ...] setting, and do the comparison on your own as a post processing step. CSV-Output format may come in handy for this purpose.

See this example:

[out:csv(::type, ::id, oneway)]

// Run 1:

// Run 2:


A future version will offer an option to run different parts of a query at differents points in time.

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