[OSM-talk] [Tagging] nomoj de internaciaj objektoj / nazwy obiektów międzynarodowych / names of international objects
mike at ayeltd.biz
Wed Jan 8 06:14:49 UTC 2020
On 2020-01-07 18:27, Mateusz Konieczny wrote:
> 6 Jan 2020, 16:35 by dieterdreist at gmail.com:
> On 6. Jan 2020, at 07:29, Maarten Deen <mdeen at xs4all.nl> wrote:
> Baltic Sea to be the "Baltic Sea" or for South America to
> be "South
> America" - this is an example of English imperialism.
> This "imperialism" idea of yours is just your idea. It is not
> something that is widely felt.
> regarding imperialism, I think it’s hard to reject the reasoning
> that English is in widespread use because of imperialism.
> Yes, but using it for a pragmatic reasons
> for an international communication is
> usually not imperialism.
> I can try to communicate with group of people
> from different countries in Polish,
> Latin, Sindarin or Esperanto.
> But except rare cases using English is likely
> to result in more efficient communication.
Totally agree with Mateusz. English is the current trading language. It
has been Farsi and other languages in the past. It will probably
Mandarin Chinese/simplified hanji in the future. But right now it is
I think the whole debate misses the point. The OSM database is
language-agnostic right now. The https://www.openstreetmap.org slippy
map was intended to A map show-casing the database. But it has turned
into THE map.
A potential solution is to offer centralised support for other lingual
(and culture, which is not always the same thing) maps. That of course
is a much easier thing to say rather than do as it requires time and
money resource, but it puzzles me why 15 years into the project we only
have 4 layers on our main site.
Note that we do have some great projects in the wealthier economies such
as https://openstreetmap.se/ https://openstreetmap.jp
https://www.openstreetmap.de/ ... Why aren't these integrated in some
way into our main site !?
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