[Talk-us] Common names of highways do not match road signs.

Andy Townsend ajt1047 at gmail.com
Fri Jul 8 14:22:37 UTC 2016

I've tended to use "name:signed=no" and/or "ref:signed=no" if there's a 
name or ref that is agreed to be "correct" but not useful for 
navigation.  It's not used much:


but it does mean that you can exclude "non-useful names" from maps made 
with OSM data, either in a slippy map:


or on a Garmin.

In the UK we've also had a problem with some (generally armchair) 
mappers thinking that "all roads must have a name" and "any name is 
better than no name" so they've been adding "names" that might have been 
in a news report ages ago along the lines of "Greater Chigley and 
Trumpton Bypass Scheme" which aren't signed and aren't useful.  I tend 
to move those to "description".



On 08/07/2016 15:07, Jeffrey Ollie wrote:
> It's been a long time since I've messed much with turning OSM data
> into Garmin maps, but even back then the main problem was mapping the
> OSM data model to the Garmin data model, what kind of data to retain,
> what data to leave out, what data needed to be massaged before being
> included etc. It's more of an art than a science. If you're having
> problems, they best thing to do isn't to change the OSM data (unless
> it's obviously wrong) but to discuss with the OpenMapChest people what
> sort of changes could be made to their translation process to improve
> your results. This is the first I've heard of OpenMapChest (but it
> looks cool, I still have a Garmin GPS that I get out now and then) so
> I don't know what the best way to contact them is (there's nothing on
> their web site that provides specific contact information).
> On Thu, Jul 7, 2016 at 9:32 PM, Kevin Morgan <morgankevinj at fastmail.fm> wrote:
>> It is confusing to use open street maps in my area(Central Ohio) for
>> driving directions since the "common names" of high ways do not match
>> road signs. The common names are used by open map chest for road names.
>> For example when turning on to State Route 315 with OpenMapChest loaded
>> on my GPS I am directed to turn on to Olentangy Freeway. However the
>> tiger name on open street maps is State route 315. Would it make more
>> sense to configure driving maps to use tiger names for driving
>> directions,  change commons names to include the state route number or
>> interstate number, or add state route number/ interstate number as a
>> different tag?
>> --
>>    Kevin Morgan
>>    morgankevinj at fastmail.fm
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