[Tagging] Can OSM become a geospacial database?

Paul Allen pla16021 at gmail.com
Thu Dec 6 13:02:17 UTC 2018

On Thu, Dec 6, 2018 at 12:39 PM Sergio Manzi <smz at smz.it> wrote:

> Eugene, those are "*proper names*" and as such they are untranslatable,
> and that's exactly why to put a category name within a proper name is "*a
> very bad idea (tm)*". But if a proper name happens to have a category has
> part of its proper name, just leave it alone... no problem...


Very often the name of an object is also descriptive.  Probably because it
starts out being
purely descriptive and ends up being the proper name of the object.  There
is a bridge in Paris
which is called "Pont Neuf" (New Bridge) - it's the oldest standing bridge
in Paris but, at the
time it acquired that name, it was the newest.  There are a gazillion
(rough estimate) farmhouses
in Wales called "Penrallt" (top of the wood).  Etc., etc.  Those terms
describe those objects but
they're also the names of those objects.

Don't use an object's description as its name unless that description
actually IS the name.  Some
people know only the first eight words of that instruction and are unaware
of the last seven words.

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