[Talk-in] Automating OSM translation into Indic languages

Aruna S safincrazy at gmail.com
Sun Apr 5 17:07:57 UTC 2015

> There's a lot of interesting material in your post. But first, can you
> clarify, are you seeking to add the transliterations to the OSM database,
> or adding them when rendering?. It would be worth keeping in mind this
> 'guideline' - [
> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Names#Avoid_transliteration], which I
> take to mean as 'don't add a transliteration if a machine can transliterate
> on the fly for you'. (I've been adding transliterations myself in ISO15199,
> despite this).
>  Regards, indigomc (I. M. Chengappa)


Thank you for your mail.

I am actually trying to translate(not transliterate), but doing it in two
1) Transliteration of proper nouns like Rajajinagar/Jayanagar/Bengalooru
2) Use translations of words like police station etc from a dictionary I'm
hoping to crowd source. I was thinking that the words that need to be
stored for translation in such a dictionary can be obtained from
translations of OSM tags. Common translations would be of words like
"police station" or "road" or "building" or "company" and all these are
words in the OSM tags.

I am not very sure of what the wiki is trying to say actually. Would it be
a bad idea to have multiple translation tags for nodes and ways -- for
example, Kannada, Tamil, Hindi, Bengali tags for a node in Bangalore? Would
this be against "We want to avoid adding in tags into our database for
every named object via automated or semi-automated Import
<http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Import>."(from the wiki)?

What is ISO15199? Sorry, very new to OSM.

I did it only for one node:
> https://www.openstreetmap.org/edit?node=1118255762#map=19/12.99451/77.55430

The [name:ta] tag added  is to just show a proof of concept. Currently it
is only transliterated, not translated. The next version of the script
should also translate. Ideally, it should be ராஜாஜிநகர காவல் நிலையம் and
not ராஜாஜிநகர ஆரக்ஷக டாணெ
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