[OSM-talk] How to Translate Strings in OSM to other languages

Shrinivasan T tshrinivasan at gmail.com
Fri May 31 10:56:18 UTC 2019

Hello all,

I am Shrini from Chennai, India.

My language is Tamil.
I want to get the tamilnadu state map in OSM in Tamil.

For this, few professional translators agreed to help on this.
They are new to OSM and they scare to edit live with online OSM ID editor.

All they need is a list of strings that need to be translated in Tamil.
They can translate and share.
Then the new tamil translation should be imported to OSM.

I explored on this for any available system.
Cant find any.

Hence explored further and wrote here on the plan.

How to translate the strings on OSM to Tamil?

   1. We have to select a region in OSM
   2. Query for the nodes/paths that dont have tamil translation
   3. Get them in a google sheet
   4. Translate the strings to Tamil using Google Translate
   5. Translate the strings using wikidata (not implemented)
   6. Verify the translations manually and fix any errors
   7. Upload the translations to OSM.

Read more on the code snippets.


Is this fine to proceed with this plan?

How to get permission from the community for mass import of tamil

Please share your thoughts on this.



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