[Talk-in] On a interface for translation

Yogesh K S yogesh at itforchange.net
Sun Jan 24 21:33:21 UTC 2016

Hi Sibi,

Great to see some progress with respect to adding Indic languages in 
OSM. Although bulk uploading of data is generally discouraged, you can 
look at Nomino[1] which is specifically made for name translation. iD 
editor may be better to start with, but you can also try out JOSM[2] and 
use its filter funtion[3] to filter out features which don't have Tamil 
language tags in your downloaded mapping data and easily add the Tamil 
names. It may take some time in the beginning with JOSM, but once you 
get hold of it, you can become a power mapper with it![4]

Normally I add Kannada names along-with English names whenever I create 
any new element on OSM in Karnataka region and also add them if I don't 
see Kannada names whenever I do regular mapping usually with JOSM. 
Currently, I see that the number of Tamil names in India[5] is almost 
half compared to rest of the world[6]. Hopefully, this difference would 
be decreased in near future as more contributors begin to add regional 
language names alongside English names.



On 01/24/2016 11:09 AM, sibi kanagaraj wrote:
> Dear all ,
> As noted in the mail by Arun in Wikimedia India mailing list [1],the  
> translations for most of the map feature names is not available in 
> Indic Languagues . I am planning to take up the task of translating a 
> bulk amount of data to Tamil . But , I am facing an issue as I am not 
> that familiar (but eager to know) about the OSM interface fro 
> translation , and doing it one node at a time . If some one has 
> experience or fun in translation interface please let me know .For now 
> , I am doing it this way as helped by SrrReal 
> <http://www.openstreetmap.org/user/SrrReal>
> 1. Go to osm.org <http://osm.org>
> 2. Hit the edit button
> 3. That opens the ID editor.
> 4. Click on a street name for example
> 5. On the left side, it displays the 'Name' text box. At the right 
> corner of the text box is a '+' sign.
> 6. Hit that button to translate. From the resulting dropdown pick 
> Tamil as the language and doing the honours ;)
> [1]https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimediaindia-l/2015-December/012389.html
> Regards,
> Sibi
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