[Talk-ca] Formatting of Municipality Names

Matthew Darwin matthew at mdarwin.ca
Tue Feb 20 00:08:38 UTC 2018

I have summarized the discussion we had here over the last week or so  
on https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Canadian_tagging_guidelines for 
easy reference in the future.  It is:

        Municipality Names

Municipality names are to be spelt according to how they are listed in 
NRCan (http://www4.rncan.gc.ca/search-place-names/search) or other 
official source. That means:


    Do not include "City of", "Municipality of" or similar in the name
    unless that is officially part of the name.   "Village of Queen
    Charlotte" (BC) is correct, "City of Toronto" is incorrect (should
    be "Toronto").


    Do not expand "St." to "Saint" or "Ste" to "Sainte" just to
    conform to OSM's "don't abbreviate names" rule. If the city name
    is normally has it expanded, then it is maintained as expanded in
    OSM. If it is not normally expanded, then it is not expanded in
    OSM. "Saint John" (NB) and "St. John's" (NL) are both correct.

Feel free to clarify further on the wiki or continue the discussion 

Matthew Darwin
matthew at mdarwin.ca

On 2018-02-19 06:33 PM, Stewart C. Russell wrote:
> On 2018-02-19 05:08 PM, Jarek Piórkowski wrote:
>> Have you passed by talk-gb? They have a fair amount of "St" names and
>> some authority as to how to do things in OSM.
> The UK has Bury St Edmunds, Chapel St Leonards, Lytham St Annes, Ottery
> St Mary, St Andrews, St Anne, St Austell, St Blazey, St Columb Major, St
> Helens, St Ives, St Monans and St Neots all as town names in OSM. The
> only two "Saint .*" towns in the whole British Isles' OSM are Saint
> Helier and Saint Peter Port, both in the Channel Islands. Both have
> French influences. And just to thumb its nose at us, nearby Alderney has
> the town of "St Anne". So I don't think they can be a great example.
> Near "St. Louis" (Missouri - abbreviated that way in OSM), OSM has the
> towns of "Saint Clair" and "Saint James". In the same area, there's St.
> Charles, St. Peters and East St. Louis (IL). In the St. Louis metro
> area, there are roughly 4500 ways named "St\. Louis.*" and roughly 3500
> ways named "St Louis.*". There are also roughly 3500 ways named "Saint .*"
> So this is not a standard well kept.
>   Stewart
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