[Tagging] road names and refs

Joseph Eisenberg joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com
Wed Jan 29 23:21:29 UTC 2020

Here in Indonesia there are very few official street signs, so I go by
what is written on the signs of shops next to the street.

For example, one of the main streets nearby has shops which say:

* Jalan Kimbim No. ##
* Jalan Piramid No. ##
* Jalan Kimbim - Piramid No. ##

I believe I've seen maps use either of these options.

The road heads from here to Kimbim, then to Piramid. "Jalan" means way
(or path / road / street, and the verb means "to walk", "to travel").
It's common for roads in Indonesia to be named by the places which
they connect, usually focusing on the further destinations

Most taxi and pedicab drivers recoginise one or both of these names,
so I have used "name=Jalan Kimbim - Piramid", "alt_name=Jalan Kimbim",
"loc_name=Jalan Piramid".

Some street have no shops with signs, so I've just used what local
people claim is the name of the street, if several people agree on the

- Joseph Eisenberg

On 1/30/20, Shawn K. Quinn <skquinn at rushpost.com> wrote:
> On 1/29/20 16:17, Paul Johnson wrote:
>> On Wed, Jan 29, 2020 at 4:07 PM Joseph Eisenberg
>> <joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com <mailto:joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com>> wrote:
>>     In my hometown, the main road was California highway 96, so “ref=CA
>>     96” but we called it “Highway 96” so “name=Highway 96”.
>> I think you're confusing name=* with addr:street=* in that case, Joseph.
> JOSM has a mode where it renders highway=* with a color based on the
> name=* and nearby addresses with color based on addr:street=*. This is
> useful for finding misspelled and abbreviated road names either in the
> address or on the road itself. I've always thought name=* was to refer
> to the name of the road as used in addresses, usually indicated on
> street signs. Have I missed something?
> --
> Shawn K. Quinn <skquinn at rushpost.com>
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