[Talk-GB] Road Names Quarterly Project

Colin Smale colin.smale at xs4all.nl
Tue Feb 17 10:03:42 UTC 2015


It's only "correct" because that's the frame of reference you have
chosen in this case. The local authority decides what a street is
officially called. How that is transposed to signs sometimes introduces
errors, and these errors are sometimes volatile. The OS is not the
source of the official name either is it? 

On 2015-02-17 10:45, Philip Barnes wrote: 

> On Mon Feb 16 23:35:41 2015 GMT, Pmailkeey . wrote:
> On 16 February 2015 at 15:51, Philip Barnes <phil at trigpoint.me.uk> wrote: In these cases you should check the name on the signs and if osm is wrong correct it. I my experience osm is often right and os opendata is incorrect, in these cases add the opendata name to a not:name tag. Where osm in incorrect it is often caused by an awkward spelling, so a photo can be useful. Sommerfeld Road in Telford took me a few attempts to get right, originally mapped as Summerfield. Phil (trigpoint) What's the general consensus where *current *OS data and the sign is wrong ? Should OSM show the wrong name but flag it as being wrong or show the correct name and add the wrong name as a not:name ?

OSM should show the correct name, which is the one on the sign.

Not:name is there to suppress the error and to indicate a mapper has
surveyed it and shown the OS are incorrect.

>From my experience OSM is usually correct, the biggest cause of error is
OS getting apostrophes wrong, and if OSM is wrong it is usually a weird
spelling where the mapper has remembered the name but has forgotten how
it was spelt. 

Phil (trigpoint )
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