[OSM-talk] [Tagging] Tagging the local language

Martin Constantino–Bodin martin.bodin at ens-lyon.org
Fri Jan 10 15:06:58 UTC 2020

I fully agree. I was only taking the example of South America because 
its language community is relatively simple given the size of its area ☺ 
But I agree that it’s probably not something that we should actually 
map. Sorry about that: it wasn’t clear in my message.

About oceans, would you advise to not map them entirely, or to use 
tricks like the “place=neighbourhood” one (which is based on POIs rather 
than polygons)? It feels like both solutions could be problematical.


> The main problem with tagging continents is that there is no agreement
> on the number or definition.
> While most English-speakers identify 7 political continents, many
> people in Latin American call "America" one continent. Eurasia is
> often also treated as one continent, leading to 5 continents (with
> Africa, Australia and Antarctica).
> Geographically, Africa is connected to Asia, with only the artificial
> Suez Canal as a barrier, so 4 continents is also logical.
> Naming and dividing the oceans leads to similar issues.

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