[Tagging] Can OSM become a geospacial database?

Martin Koppenhoefer dieterdreist at gmail.com
Wed Dec 5 17:23:40 UTC 2018

Am Mi., 5. Dez. 2018 um 16:50 Uhr schrieb Eugene Podshivalov <
yaugenka at gmail.com>:

> I invision the following solution here.
> * First of all, the "name" tag should containt proper name only.

this is already the case. At least it should be like this, if you see
places where the name tag is abused for descriptions you should fix it. I
admit, it is not always possible to clearly tell which is the correct name,
for some kind of things, not even in the real world.
At least in OSM you can add alternative names, generically or with specific
meaning (loc_name, short_name, etc.)

> * Secondly, introduce a new tag for the real life language specific
> category name. I know that "name:prefix/postfix" key was originally
> introduced for another purpose but it can be a candidate here as well. Note
> that in some languages the place of category name relative to the proper
> name matters.

I agree this could make sense, I am doing it for places where you can eat
with this tag and local values:

I would not expect it useful for any kind of things, but there are fields
with cultural specialties where I agree that it would be hard to agree on
detailed categories on a global level, and still it might not make sense
outside of a specific cultural context anyway.

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