[OSM-dev] Name suggestions for iD

Aaron Lidman aaronlidman at gmail.com
Thu Oct 31 19:43:55 UTC 2013

Hello everyone,

I've been working on a project to improve naming features in iD by auto 
completing common names when a user is typing them in. The goal is to 
suggest the most correct canonical version of a name for a certain type 
of feature rather than having the many various version of 'McDonalds', 
'McDonald's', 'MacDonalds' that we currently have. This is not about 
editing existing OSM data but instead aiding the user in entering what 
they mean in the most correct way that is already being used in OSM.

Some previous discussion on this topic:

The project is here: https://github.com/osmlab/name-suggestion-index

We want to get some community involvement in helping to determine what 
are the most correct names by going through the list of top names 
currently in OSM (topNames.json) and the any names that might be less 
correct derivations of that name that should not be used. See the README 
for more details and examples. Eventually iD will use this repo as a 
source for name suggestions, just like the 
is used for available imagery.

Any thoughts and especially contributions appreciated.

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