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#SFSU & #OpenStreetMap - The name= key is for names only!

Posted by AndiG88 on 20 March 2014 in English (English)

I have been reading several User Diaries from the students and looked at their edits. I think this is awesome and wish I had it at my University, but one thing I noticed is that many use the name= key wrong and I guess this is the best way to reach most of you.

Name is the name only

The names should be restricted to the name of the item in question only and should not include categories, types, descriptions, addresses or notes. If something really doesn't have a name, don't add one to OpenStreetMap. Any additional information should be included in separate tags (see e.g. aforementioned links) to identify its meaning. http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Names

If you name something bin (name=bin) or ramp (name=ramp) no software will recognize it correctly and all the effort you put into locating and mapping the way or POI was in vain.

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Comment from aseerel4c26 on 20 March 2014 at 21:42

Good catch! Hopefully they read also other diary entries. However, this is quite common among newbies. Sometimes more, sometimes less - I would guess it depends on the editor used.

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