[Talk-GB] RFC Mechanical edit: UK Shop Names

SK53 sk53.osm at gmail.com
Fri Oct 24 17:34:38 UTC 2014

I'd also say the same about the Wilkinson->Wilko rebranding. Most store
chains roll out re-brands over a number of months because they are
expensive and creating and fitting new signage externally & internally
involves a range of skills which may take time to assemble.

At present I suspect we are a bit slow at spotting and dealing with these
things. The ideal would be to encourage local mappers to check. We all know
that checking a minor change in an area often results in a flurry of other
edits because it's a while since someone was in that area.

It's another problem of editing them en masse: by doing so you remove one
of the incentives to get mappers to revisit places in their local area. As
we acquire more mappers better messages about what needs checking is far
more likely to result in a good map than doing mass updates. If we want to
keep a data set with what we believe to be absolutely current branding this
can be done as a post-processing step (a typical data warehouse cleansing
process). The logic is essentially the same and has the advantage of that
it does nothing to antagonise mappers who contributed the data in the first
place. Furthermore post-processed data sets can be changed so that global
changes are easier to apply through use of more normalised schemas.


On 24 October 2014 18:18, Will Phillips <wp4587 at gmail.com> wrote:

> I think the name tag should show what is written on the shop sign. Some of
> your suggested changes do this. For example, as far as I know Waterstones
> never has an apostrophe. However, some of the proposed changes look like
> doing the opposite: e.g. the signs do say "M&S Simply Food" not "Marks &
> Spencer Simply Food" (if my memory is correct).
> The changes to Co-op names look problematic, because they vary around the
> country (unless they've been standardised very recently). Locally the one
> in my home town (Stapleford, Nottingham) is 'The Co-operative Food',
> another a few miles down the road in Castle Donington for a long time just
> said 'Co-op', until it changed to 'The Co-operative Food' in the last year
> or two ago. Unless you have strong evidence they have all been standardised
> recently, I don't think they should be changed.
> Cheers,
> Will
> On 24/10/2014 14:44, Matthijs Melissen wrote:
>> Dear all,
>> I am proposing to unify the names of chain shops within the UK. For
>> details, please see
>> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Mechanical_Edits/
>> Math1985/UK_Shop_Names.
>> Please let me know if you have any comments. If there are no further
>> comments, I will invite list members to vote on this automatic edit. I
>> will not proceed without at least 8 votes with 2/3 approval.
>> Kind regards,
>> Matthijs
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