OpenStreetMap now supports internationalization, geolocation in browser

Posted by CloCkWeRX on 19 February 2017 in English (English)

Keen to make it even easier to contribute to OSM, I threw a few pull requests at - the github repository behind the wonderful

Its now possible for someone to use the ‘locate me’ control when adding their business; a small but important improvement for mobile users.

iandees has also been kind enough to clean up a few existing pull requests around internationalization - now supports English, Portguese(Brazillian), and Italian. If you’d like to localize it, its really easy - just fork the github repository and create a new file in the locales directory.

There are a few other experiments for it pending, such as ‘sync my business details from a facebook page I own’, or ‘upload details of 5+ locations from a CSV’.

Ultimately, I’d be keen to provide an experience similar to a ‘manage my google listings’ scenario - both google and facebook have seen a lot of uptake from business owners. While business owners dont have quite the same incentive with OSM, I am really keen to make it as easy as possible if they choose to publish to OSM.

There are a few other ideas in the works, like “Invite a business owner to share/update their details”, or “check how my OSM listing appears on open data sites -, mapillary/openstreetcam, missing attributes, etc”

What do you see as the ultimate, simplest entry point to getting a business onto OSM with accurate, useful details?

Comment from iandees on 19 February 2017 at 13:36

Thanks for the pull requests! I’m looking forward to the changes you’re making.

Comment from sabas88 on 25 February 2017 at 11:59

Thank you! I could try to propose the other changes from my fork (the version at as pull requests if needed. Mainly: accessibility data à la Wheelmap and payment options

Comment from CloCkWeRX on 26 February 2017 at 05:37

I could try to propose the other changes from my fork (the version at

+1 to that, yes please!

Comment from LivingWithDragons on 1 March 2017 at 13:28

check how my OSM listing appears on open data sites

That would be great in supporting that OSM is more than just the main map/style/subject.

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