[Talk-in] Use of official names for cities

Ishan Chattopadhyaya ichattopadhyaya at gmail.com
Tue Feb 7 08:03:38 GMT 2012

I feel railway station names are inappropriate representations of city
names. Generally, station names are not changed within a city immediately
after the city name has been changed. A city may have a station with a
different name and that is fine. Similarly, the case with University names.
I think users should be encouraged to use official names over regional
names. But that's my take on this. Your suggestions on old_name, alt_name
tags etc. are welcome, perhaps that would help users tag better. If there's
a known inconsistency that has already crept in, I think some of us should
fix it based on common consensus.

On Tue, Feb 7, 2012 at 1:08 PM, Arun Ganesh <arun.planemad at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Tue, Feb 7, 2012 at 2:13 AM, Ishan Chattopadhyaya <
> ichattopadhyaya at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Thanks for the background, Kiran. After reading your note and also
>> looking around the web for other discussions like these, I am even more
>> convinced than ever before that OSM should go with the central government
>> approved names. These name changes look perfectly legitimate to me on the
>> map:
>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renaming_of_cities_in_India. To ask me, I
>> would think having an official name change requires both state and central
>> govt. approval, and in the absence of both these approvals, the name change
>> cannot be official. Hence, OSM must not use these names.
>> I suggest OSM stick to the centrally approved names instead of regional
>> variants. It will present a consistent view to everyone looking at the map
>> and eliminate confusion or surprises.
>> I feel the best list to cross check these can be the list of members of
>> parliament (Lok Sabha) and the Lok Sabha constituencies:
>> is coming from a
>> gov.in website, dunno what's the deal with the IP address).
>> Are there any instances of such issues in any other country as well?
>> Regards,
>> Ishan
>> On Tue, Feb 7, 2012 at 1:41 AM, Kiran Jonnalagadda <jace at pobox.com>wrote:
>>> On Mon, Feb 6, 2012 at 7:36 PM, Arun Ganesh <arun.planemad at gmail.com>wrote:
>>>> I always look to wikipedia for reference as there are always more
>>>> people debating these things over there and reaching a consensus. Correct
>>>> me if im wrong, but i do think Shivamoga, Hubbali etc are the official
>>>> names now. Just like Bengaluru and Mysuru.
>>> "Official" depends on which official you mean. Bangalore is Bengaluru
>>> according to the Government of Karnataka, but still Bangalore according to
>>> the Government of India.
>>> The central government has refused to confirm *any* of the new names in
>>> Karnataka because Karnataka tried renaming Belgaum to Belagavi, but the
>>> district government has been lobbying to move into Maharashtra.
>>> Karnataka tried renaming several cities in a single order. The central
>>> government will not accept it unless Belgaum is removed from the list.
>>> Karnataka will not do this because it amounts to admitting a problem in
>>> Belgaum. This stand-off has existed for years. State-funded projects like
>>> the airport refer to "Bengaluru". Centre-funded institutions like the
>>> railways still say "Bangalore".
>>> The media has lost interest in this, so there are few references on the
>>> current status. I posted one to this list a couple years ago.
>>> One simple way to verify current status is by looking at what the major
>>> newspapers say in the list of cities they publish from. The Times of India,
>>> The Hindu, Deccan Herald and Mint all say "Bangalore". I remember seeing a
>>> newspaper that said "Bengaluru", but can't recall which. Thought it was
>>> Deccan Herald, but their website says "Bangalore".
>>> So the question is, which side is the OSM community on?
>>> Kiran
>> I dont know which side to take, the Indian Railways for instance continue
> to use old names for many of the stations - Trivandrum, Quilon, Cannanore
> even though the renaming has been approved by the centre (Thiruvanthapuram,
> Kollam, Kannur). we do have the name, name:en, alt_name, old_name tags.
> Maybe a uniform policy on what tags to use for what is what we need.
> If Mysuru has been approved by the state and local institutes like
> colleges and offices have started using it in their addresses, it must
> definitely be there on some tag, we cant drop it altogether just because it
> has not been approved by the centre. OSM is a people's map, and if the
> local people feel that the name is common enough for it to be used locally,
> it must be documented somewhere.
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