[OSM-talk] Fixing wiki* -> brand:wiki*

Andy Mabbett andy at pigsonthewing.org.uk
Wed Sep 27 13:00:10 UTC 2017

On 27 September 2017 at 12:57, Simon Poole <simon at poole.ch> wrote:

>> For example, until the UK version went titsup a few years back, there
>> were chains of stores in the UK and in Australia, each called
>> "Woolworths". Though they had common roots, they were not the same.

> Why would that matter to OSM?

It may not, It certainly matters to OSM's users.

Tim Berners Lee coined the "Five Stars of Open Data"


defining best practice in publishing open data. OSM already meets the
first four, well. The fifth is:

 *  link your data to other data to provide context

and that's what including Wikidata iDs in cases such as the above does.

In fact, since that makes OSM more useful and thus more attractive to
re-users, it *does* matter to OSM.

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