[OSM-talk] [OHM] Should we map former endonyms?

Martin Koppenhoefer dieterdreist at gmail.com
Thu Mar 20 07:28:24 UTC 2014

> Am 19/mar/2014 um 21:59 schrieb Laurence Penney <lorp at lorp.org>:
> While the larger cities have well-known and current German names that are uncontroversial — Warschau, Posen, Breslau, etc. — many small towns and villages would only have been given German names during the Third Reich.

+1, not only the larger places had longstanding German names but generally those in areas with German population (the Deutsches Reich had lost a lot of territory in 1918 after loosing the first World War it had started 4 years before)

> It is therefore contentious to use the “name:de” tag for these places, unless one is making a map of occupied Poland during WW2. The naming was a political act, and most of the names were not used by Germans, even those living in the vicinity, before 1939 or after 1945. Taking politics out of it, perhaps one could use the date to indicate when the name was in use, thus a key of “name:de(1939-1945)”.

yes, this was the conclusion on the German ML as well, use old_name:de:1939-1945 or name:de:1939-1945 or sth similar, but astonishingly I can't find a single instance of these with taginfo right now (maybe some mass-retagging?).

This way of tagging also allows for multiple historical names, in Germany you can often find toponyms that changed more than one time (from the imperial name to the nazi name, in eastern Germany then to a socialist name and finally back to the imperial name in recent times).

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