[OSM-talk] Adding architect names to buildings

Shaun McDonald shaun at shaunmcdonald.me.uk
Thu Feb 19 22:36:54 GMT 2009

On 19 Feb 2009, at 22:16, Matthias Julius wrote:

> Jonathan Bennett <openstreetmap at jonno.cix.co.uk> writes:
>> Matthias Julius wrote:
>>> I just prefer to explicitly link objects together over duplication  
>>> of
>>> data.
>> As long as the buildings are tagged consistently, having the tag is
>> probably enough -- you can then use XAPI to query the DB for all
>> buildings by a particular architect.
> IF they are tagged consistently.  This is exactly the point.
> Especially with names of persons there might be several different ways
> to spell them which all might be correct, for example:
> Hundertwasser
> Friedensreich Hundertwasser
> Hundertwasser, Friedensreich
> F. Hundertwasser
> Hundertwasser, F.
> There are more variations possible when there are middle names
> involved.  Additionally there are any number of mis-spellings
> possible.  With names from foreign languages this is not even that
> impossible.

And if you use a relation, people won't bother searching for the  

This kind of information should be an attribute of the building.


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