[Tagging] Can OSM become a geospacial database?

Sergio Manzi smz at smz.it
Thu Dec 6 14:29:05 UTC 2018

That's what I'm often hearing, and not only from you, but have a look at wiki page about the /craft /key [1 <https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:craft>], as in there I can read:

    "/You are *free *to use *values *that match your needs as a mapper and your local or country environment, culture and *language*. *If *using the English language, please use the singular form, e.g. carpenter not carpenters or carpenter's./"

From the above I get:

 1. A recognition that sometimes English terms are not fit to convey a culture-specific concept.
 2. I can use terms that are not part of the English language if they are needed to convey such concepts.

Have a nice day,


[1] https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:craft

On 2018-12-06 13:53, Martin Koppenhoefer wrote:
> we do not translate anything, we do add names in different languages, but these aren’t translations, they are names.
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