[Talk-us] Washington DC place node cleanup

Frederik Ramm frederik at remote.org
Fri Dec 4 11:01:00 UTC 2020


when reverting an edit this morning I noticed that the node for
Washington (https://www.openstreetmap.org/node/158368533) has myriad
name:xx tags, many of which seem to be some variant of "Washington D.C."
(with or without commas or dots), whereas the "local" name seems to be
just Washington, without the D.C.

As a native speaker of German I can assure you that we don't call the US
capital "Washington D.C." as the name:de tag claims; I would assume that
it is similar for most other languages. The German-language OSM map at
has a mechanism where it displays the German name and then, if the local
name is different, the local name below; since the German name
"Washington D.C." and the local name "Washington" are different, this
leads to a somewhat funny display (whereas the logic works ok for other
US cities).

I could of course fix the German name but I think that it might need a
more thorough review and I don't feel competent for that.

Two name tags (and this is checking only those that use Roman letters)
look like they might be entirely wrong and refer to the District of
Columbia only:

name:lfn=Distrito de Columbia
name:mi=Takiwā o Columbia

Then again, I've heard people say "I was in D.C." and mean the city, so
perhaps that *is* a legitimate name for the city? Maybe someone in the
US community wants to have a look and do this right.

It is a bit of a conundrum in OSM - we usually say that local knowledge
tops everything, but then again for many of the languages there might
not even *be* a local Washington mapper in OSM ;)


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