[Tagging] Can OSM become a geospacial database?

Sergio Manzi smz at smz.it
Wed Dec 5 23:42:31 UTC 2018

/air == water/ is one of those things that makes me really smile and think on how wonderfully diverse we are...

but your examples are different to what I thought. In my examples it would be:


which I understand it would be overkill and probably better served by automatic translation.

But you know, different languages/cultures have different sensibilities on how two things may be diverse (/once someone told me that Eskimo people have dozens of different names for "snow"/), so maybe there could be two things that for me and you are both a "pond", but for a Russian are two different things that must be distinguished...

On 2018-12-06 00:28, Joseph Eisenberg wrote:
> Assuming that “озеро” is a more or less direct translation of “lake”, then the Russian use is going to have to search for “water=lake”, though I hope someone will make a translation interface for Overpass Turbo that will understand natural language queries.
> You wouldn’t suggest that I add tags such as “alam=air” and “air=danau” to every lake in your country so that Indonesians can search in their own language, perhaps?
> (That’s “natural=water” and “water=lake” in Bahasa Indonesia. Yes, “air” means “water”)
> -Joseph
> On Thu, Dec 6, 2018 at 8:19 AM Sergio Manzi <smz at smz.it <mailto:smz at smz.it>> wrote:
>     I understand your concerns and tend to agree, but how would you manage the situation where a Russian want to name the lake as it is known in his language, just "Байкал" (/assuming this is the case.../), but also wanting to find it with the "озеро" (lake) keyword?
>     On 2018-12-06 00:12, Joseph Eisenberg wrote:
>>     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 mappers.
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