[OSM-talk] Links from wiki* back into OSM (was: Overlapping brands)

Marc Gemis marc.gemis at gmail.com
Thu Sep 28 09:36:42 UTC 2017

Andy are you now saying that it is OK to have 1 wikidata tag on each
street, so someone can create an external list of streets with
Wikidata ids to represent some kind of collection (like "all streets
named after Leuven") ?


On Thu, Sep 28, 2017 at 10:53 AM, Andy Townsend <ajt1047 at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 28/09/2017 09:28, Jo wrote:
>> All OSM objects with a name (in several languages) referring to a city.
>> More zoomed in:
>> http://overpass-turbo.eu/s/s20
> ... except that it isn't necessarily "all objects" - it's "a list of objects
> in OSM manually curated by you".  You're still going to have to monitor
> changes to those objects and look for new instances of "objects named after
> Leuven" in the real world and newly added to OSM.  You happen to be using a
> "name:etymology:wikidata" key in OSM to do this, but frankly you could keep
> that list anywhere - it doesn't depend on "etymology" wikidata tags in OSM.
> Many mappers (especially those with a first language that doesn't use many
> Greek roots) will I suspect struggle with what "name:etymology:wikidata"
> actually means.
> I'd have thought that this sort of "extra non-geographical information" was
> better held outside of OSM, and then link back into OSM via e.g.
> https://taginfo.openstreetmap.org/tags/wikidata=Q118958 or even
> https://taginfo.openstreetmap.org/tags/wikipedia=nl%3ALeuven .
> I'm not saying that it isn't a great project - it's exactly the sort of
> thing that many OSMers do for many different sorts of data.  I'm just not
> convinced that it depends on the ability to create more and more
> unverifiable keys within OSM.
> Best Regards,
> Andy
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