[talk-ph] Icons on POI's - Proposal

Eugene Alvin Villar seav80 at gmail.com
Sat May 24 20:44:31 UTC 2014

Hi Mark,

I think it would be better for all users of the data in the long run that
the inconsistent name field is the one corrected instead of your system
adjusting for it.

Let's say that you have a "rule" that says that that name=McDonald's with
amenity=fast_food gets the Golden Arches icon.

Now let's say you have other rules that detect stuff that are probably
McDonald's: name=McDonalds amenity=restaurant

Instead of tagging stuff like this with an additional tag
icon:ph=mcdonalds.png, it would be better to correct those POIs that don't
follow the correct tagging. If you have a system that detects such
near-misses, then I'm sure the community would like to get a list of them
so that they can be corrected.

I hope other mappers and users can chime in with their ideas.

On Thu, May 22, 2014 at 6:32 PM, Mark Cupitt <markcupitt at gmail.com> wrote:

> Folks, have been thinking about how we specify Icons for POI's in the
> Philippines OSM Map. I have Icons for most of the PH specific businesses,
> like Jollibee, Banks, and so on and would like to use them
> At the moment, the only way to do this is to run through the database
> checking the name tag and seeing if it starts with jollibee, BDO mcdo, etc.
> This is a very intensive effort on a million+ points. I am doing the code
> for it now and it has to be run on a very regular basis to pick up new
> POI'S from the daily diff updates. It also suffers form spelling errors,
> and fomat errors, for example "the jollibee" will to be identified as the
> name has to start with "jollibee" (in text string searches in postgres do
> not use indexes, and are too expensive on the database, so we have to
> assume that the name starts with the search text.
> I will publish the icons we have at some stage very soon where they can be
> viewed by anyone.
> To make it very easy to have granular control over icon display, I propose
> that we do the following:
> Add an icon:ph tag to nodes as they are created that contains the filename
> of the icon to display (from the list published)
> For example, a node of a Mcdonalds might have a tag amenity="fast_food"
> name="Mcdonalds Quezon City" and a icon:ph="mcdonalds.png"
> The system will first check if the icon:ph exists and use the icon
> specified in that. if not, it will fall back to database determined value
> done on a weekly or monthly basis, with all the inherent pitfalls in the
> use of the name field. If that does not work, it will display a generic
> icon which is a Red Dot.
> One big advantage of this proposal is that people can submit their own
> logos in icon form, they are easy to add to the system, them specify them
> for specific businesses, leisure, bars, etc. on the actual poi ..so the
> value added to the map will be tremendous in the future.
> Thoughts, flames, thumbs up, thumbs down, rounds of applause on this
> proposal very much appreciated ..
> Regards
> Mark Cupitt
> "If we change the world, let it bear the mark of our intelligence"
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