[Tagging] Can OSM become a geospacial database?

Sergio Manzi smz at smz.it
Thu Dec 6 00:37:21 UTC 2018

In this case I think the "alt_name:ru" tag solution could be a very good solution (/but I leave this to our Russian friend to decide.../), but why do you see that preferable to the water:ru=озеро solution?

On 2018-12-06 01:29, Joseph Eisenberg wrote:
> 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 
> waterway=river
> name=Baliem
> 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:
> natural=water
> water=lake
> name=Байкал
> name:ru=Байкал
> 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 lake.
> -Joseph
> Thu, Dec 6, 2018 at 8:28 AM Joseph Eisenberg <joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com <mailto:joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com>> 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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