[Tagging] [OSM-talk] Let's put more wikipedia-tags in OSM WAS Re: [OSM-dev] Some Questions about the Collaboration of OpenStreetMap and Wikipedia

Josh Doe josh at joshdoe.com
Thu Feb 24 18:35:49 GMT 2011

First thing I thought of when I read this is how we could really
benefit from UUIDs [1]. If we had those, and tagged OSM elements,
Wikipedia articles, and Flickr/Picasa/etc images, and who knows what
else, life would be so much better. :)

There's some good discussion on this page [1].

But yes, more Wikipedia links, one way or another!


[1]: http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Proposed_Features/UUID

On Thu, Feb 24, 2011 at 12:16 PM, M∡rtin Koppenhoefer
<dieterdreist at gmail.com> wrote:
> 2011/2/24 Zhijie Shen <zjshen14 at gmail.com>:
>> I'm student who is currently working on using OpenStreetMap to facilitate
>> our project. Now I want to retrieve Wikipedia entry from OpenStreetMap to
>> fertilize the data source for our project. To do this, I crawled OSM data,
>> and found there are few wikipedia tags in my test region... I guess that the wikipedia entry on
>> OpenStreetMap is added manually. Am I correct?
> Yes, they are added manually. If you wanted to put them on the map
> without reference to an OSM-Object you could simply take the
> coordinates that wikipedia gives you for geotagged articles and
> display them as an overlay. We cannot (AFAIK) import those coordinates
> into OSM because we believe that they were mainly created from
> Googlemaps hence constitute a derived database [1].
> Today I was looking at some places (countries, states and cities) and
> found that despite some wikipedia links most of them are actually
> missing.
> I invite everybody to look in his region for features (not only
> place-features) to see, if they are already linked to wikipedia. In
> case they are not I suggest to add a tag in the form:
> wikipedia=<language-code>:<article-name>
> as suggested here:
> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:wikipedia
> e.g.
> wikipedia=en:London
> or
> wikipedia=it:Hong_Kong
> (copy the value from the URL to avoid typos).
> It is generally sufficient to add 1 wikipedia-tag for one language, as
> all the others can be fetched from the interlanguage links Wikipedia
> is offering. Only in rare cases there might be need for additional
> tags for different languages (in cases where the wikipedia structure
> for different languages is differing, e.g. some languages have a
> specific article, in other languages the same feature is described
> inside the article of another thing).
> cheers,
> Martin
> PS: This would also make a beautiful project of the month...
> [1] http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Wikipedia#Importing_geodata_from_Wikipedia
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