[Tagging] Which languages are admissible for name:xx tags?

Jyri-Petteri Paloposki jyri-petteri.paloposki at iki.fi
Wed Mar 25 15:24:01 UTC 2020

On 25.3.2020 16.20, Joseph Eisenberg wrote:
> In that case, please add it to wikidata with a reference, but it would
> not be appropriate for Openstreetmap.
> Unlike wikipedia and wikidata, which are based on references and
> citations to "authoritative" sources, Openstreetmap has always been
> designed as a primary source: we map real, current features which you
> can visit in person.
> I agree that names in fictional languages should not be added to
> name:<iso> tags, nor any name which cannot possibly be confirmed to be
> true or false by local mappers.
> If an Indonesian mapper adds name:id=* tags to every village in
> northern Finland, how is anyone to confirm that they are right or
> wrong?

I strongly disagree with this. IMO the OSM data should be useful, and 
because of that we should use our common sense just as in any other 
tagging issue. The data won't be useful, if we can't actually add all 
the relevant information but instead limit to whatever information is 
available strictly on-the-ground. If this were the case, I'd found a new 
project for actually useful information and stop contributing to OSM.

In my email I provided two links for verifying the Finnish name Jokohama 
for Yokohama. Do you believe it's easier to find someone local in 
Yokohama to verify this instead of verifying it online? If an Indonesian 
mapper adds a name:id=* to the villages in Northern Finland, I wouldn't 
go on-site to verify the data, I'd rather look up the names online. 
That's the same thing I do as a first step to any data in Finland, even 
data in Finnish.

I know ground verifiability is the guideline in OSM, but I'm sure 
there's plenty of other tags that also somewhat expand from it. The wiki 
even acknowledges this: ”OSM data should, as far as is reasonably 
possible, be verifiable.” – the point I'm making being _reasonably 
possible_. IMO the requirement you're suggesting isn't reasonable.

Best regards,
Jyri-Petteri Paloposki

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