[Tagging] Can OSM become a geospacial database?

Joseph Eisenberg joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com
Wed Dec 5 23:12:34 UTC 2018

Probably should be

name:en=Lake Baikal

But I don’t see a need to translate water=lake into Russian; lest we have
to do this for every tag in every language. But I believe the Editor
applications, like JOSM and ID, will provide a Russian translation for

 Thu, Dec 6, 2018 at 8:07 AM Sergio Manzi <smz at smz.it> wrote:

> I understand the name of Lake Baikal in Russian is "Байкал", without the "
> озерo" attribute, but you want to be able to search for озеро as well:
> would the following be acceptable/valid?
> water=lake
> water:RU=озеро
> name=Lake Baikal
> name:RU=Байкал
> name:FR=Lac Baïkal
> On 2018-12-05 23:41, Eugene Podshivalov wrote:
> Marc and OSMDoudou,
> I did see that in France they put their local school categories into
> "school:FR" tag but do you think this approach can be propogated for all
> other categories?
> E.g. in Russian there are different types of man-made small bodies of
> water. Will it work to denote them as water:RU=пруд and water:RU=копанка
> instead of the generic water=pond?
> Graeme,
>> When you say "you get results which differ a lot from what is locally
>> called a "lake".", do you mean what is called a lake in Russia,
>> or what is called a lake in the country you are searching in?
> I mean when you search for "water=lake" tag you don't necesseraly get
> "озеро" (which is usually tranlated from Russian as "lake"). So unless you
> have "озеро" in the name tag you will never find all these objects which
> are called "озеро" in Russian.
>> Because, if you search for "lake" in Australia, you will find a lot of
>> references to salt lakes, possibly dry, that may only actually have water
>> in them very rarely,
>> or in some cases, never in human memory! But they are still called lakes,
>> the same as the "normal" inland bodies of water.
> There is intermitent=yes tag to denote dry lakes as far as I remember.
> чт, 6 дек. 2018 г. в 01:04, Sergio Manzi <smz at smz.it>:
>> you're probably right, but it would nonetheless be the "*child of a
>> lesser God*" compared to a "deli" in New York, USA...
>> On 2018-12-05 22:51, Dave F wrote:
>> Going off topic, but you /can/ tag it as "shop=salumeria", it will still
>> be searchable & will be displayed on the standard map with its name & a dot.
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