Project of the Week: 02 May 2010 – “What’s in a Name?”

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.” –Juliet

What is in the name tagss of OpenStreetMap? In most cases, the name
tag holds the default name of an object. Very often this is the text
from the sign attached to the object. We even have name:?? to
describe names in different languages so that we can create maps for
many users in many places.

The big name fixup

But there are names that are in error in OpenStreetMap. And some of
them are fairly easy to clear up, if you know that they are a problem.
Consider some of the longest name fields in OSM. From the examples
below we can see that some of the longest names in OSM include
needless duplication.

Learn how you can find errant long names and how you can fix them from
the OpenStreetMap wiki.

One thought on “Project of the Week: 02 May 2010 – “What’s in a Name?”

  1. Harry Wood

    Check this out:'s a little listing tool I cobbled together. It’s still based on the static list of ids Richard provided on the wiki page, but this is just a little bit better than the wiki for *seeing* the long names, and hopefully tracking fixes. Looks like Wynndale’s fixed lots.

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