[Tagging] Can OSM become a geospacial database?

Joseph Eisenberg joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com
Thu Dec 6 00:29:14 UTC 2018

I forgot to mention that it is already possible to add “озеро” with
expiation alternative name tags. For example, here in Indonesia a river
might have
name:id=Sungai Baliem
name:en=Baliem River
alt_name:id=Kali Baliem
“Sungai” is the word for river in standard Indonesian and “Kali” is a
dialectal variant.

So in Russia it might be appropriate to tag Lake Baikal like this:
name:en=Lake Baikal
alt_name:ru=Байкал озеро
(Or is it “озеро Байкал“?)

WITh this tagging, a search for “озеро” and “Байкал” should work fine.

This may also help foreign visitors who might not know the Russian word for


Thu, Dec 6, 2018 at 8:28 AM Joseph Eisenberg <joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com>

> 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> 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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