[OSM-talk] A glossary for terms
colin.mackay at gmail.com
Mon Feb 27 21:07:30 GMT 2006
As I take my first steps with this project it occurs to me that in my few
years away from GIS I'd forgotton just how much a lack of consensus there
was between different groups on the definition of terms. What this means is
that with some terminology I am confused about the exact meaning.
Take "label" for example http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/index.php/Labels
When I was writing GIS software I *think* I might have called these
"attributes". What I would have called a "label" would have been the textual
annotations that appear on the map itself. These days I would say they were
columns on a table (and that definition seems to be fairly consistent across
a number of database vendors - some of the cheap and cheerful kind might say
it is a "field").
Anyway, that all said, it would be great to have a glossary of terms on the
wiki so the newbies to the project, such as myself, can use it to understand
more fully what is going on.
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