[OSM-talk] Roadmap for deprecation of name tags in OSM

pangoSE pangose at riseup.net
Sun Aug 9 08:25:08 UTC 2020

I suggest we create a roadmap for deprecating of storing and updating names in OSM for objects with a Wikidata tag.

The rationale is explained here:

This of course affects the whole project and data consumers as well. Every OSM user will have to become a Wikidata user as well to edit the names or add name references (through the editors)

Substantial changes will have to be made:
* nominatim will need to support fetching names from wikidata somehow. It could probably be done on the fly.
* openstreetmap.org will need to fetch from wikidata when displaying any object. 
* rendering the standard map will have to support fetching from wikidata.
* all editors would have to fetch and enable editing of Wikidata objects. 
* maybe it no longer makes sense to have 2 separate logins? We should unify the logging in as much as possible. Ideas are welcome on how to do that. Perhaps retire signing up as OSM user on osm.org and ask users to create a Wikimedia account instead and log in with that? 

I personally don't see any problems connecting Wikimedia and OSM closer than the islands they are today.

As mentioned in the ticket above data consumers like Mapbox already prefer Wikidata names. I'm guessing thats because they are simply better quality, better modeled, better referenced and better protected against vandalism.


Ps I choose this list because this not only relates to tagging, but to the wider ecosystem.
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