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

Christoph Hormann osm at imagico.de
Wed Mar 25 15:47:51 UTC 2020

On Wednesday 25 March 2020, Jyri-Petteri Paloposki wrote:
> I slightly disagree with this one. IMO a name in a foreign language
> would be admissible if it is recognised by native speakers of the
> language either back home or in the local community OR if the name is
> otherwise regarded correct by mainstream media or a language
> authority.

Yes, that line of reasoning is fairly widespread among mappers - 
considering secondary sources of information as valid sources of 
information for OSM and not requiring local verifiability but settling 
for compatibility with the major consensus narrative of the mapper's 

I have written in more detail about the problems of this idea some time 
ago in


Christoph Hormann

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