[HOT] Multilingual names tool for OpenStreetMap

Nicholas Doiron nickd at codeforamerica.org
Sat Sep 10 03:23:21 UTC 2016

Follow-up on this OSM name localization project:

I created a "Task Manager"-like interface to create projects. You can sign
in with your OSM account: http://names.georeactor.com/projects

People without an OSM account can use Facebook Messenger. Send a message to
http://m.me/osmcitynamer (if you don't have the Messenger app, try
https://www.facebook.com/osmcitynamer/ )

*These projects do not edit OSM yet*!  I am working on a system to compare
multiple users' answers first.

Nick Doiron

On Thu, Aug 18, 2016 at 8:24 AM, Rory McCann <rory at technomancy.org> wrote:

> On 17/08/16 14:55, Nicholas Doiron wrote:
> > OpenStreetMap is fortunate to have a large, multilingual community. We
> > store a "name" tag for local names (sometimes two scripts are used, as
> > in Morocco) and we use "name:en" and other tags to store names from
> > other languages.
> >
> > In many parts of OpenStreetMap, we have places labeled English-first, or
> > local placenames without alternate names (eg China).  I hesitate to call
> > this a /problem /for OSM/HOT, but it could be an interest for expanding
> > OSM's reach and involving partners.
> >
> > Today I set up a prototype on http://city-namer.herokuapp.com/ - it uses
> > Overpass to pick places with a name but no name:[lang] tag.  States,
> > districts, and cities are sorted to appear before neighborhoods and
> hamlets.
> > Currently this doesn't edit anything... it dumps into a database. But if
> > you're interested in making this into a crowd-naming project, please
> > contact me or glom onto the GitHub https://github.com/Georeactor/
> city-namer
> For those who don't know, Sven Geggus has written a PostgreSQL function
> to automatically transliterate non-latin names into latin alphabet, so
> that there'll always been a "latin" name to display on a map. This is
> visible on the German style. e.g.:
> https://www.openstreetmap.de/karte.html?zoom=18&lat=35.
> 62024&lon=51.39527&layers=B000TF
> The code has changed around, but I think this is it now
>     https://github.com/giggls/mapnik-german-l10n
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