OpenStreetMap

A few more street names

Posted by Ed Avis on 6 October 2008 in English (English).

I just bought a printer, so I've printed out a map with the NoName plugin and added a few missing street names: the four streets in the centre of . I uploaded them with Merkaator but strangely they do not appear in the openstreetmap.org site, not even using Osmarender. I guess I'll wait a bit longer.

I have one question: what to do when a single street has been added in two sections, as the northmost of the four streets in the centre of the above map. Should I attach the street name to both sections, or should I try to edit the street in Merkaator to make it a single line?

I'm inclined to just label both halves of the street with the same name and let maplint or some other tool search the map afterwards for possible tidying up. Is that okay?

Comment from daveemtb on 6 October 2008 at 13:27

Ed,

There are two possible reasons why the street may be split in two.
1. The person who added the streets didn't know whether the sections of road have the same name, so split them to avoid one name being given to both sections inadvertantly.
2. The sections of road need to have different tags, eg one part is oneway, the other isn't, the type of road (primary, residential etc) could be different, one might be a bridge etc. Basically if any tags need to be different the way needs to be split.

So, if you can see no differences in the existing tags, feel free to combine the ways. You can do this with Potlatch by selecting one way, then shift-clicking the other. I think Potlatch now warns you if the tags don't match. If there are differences, or you're not sure, tag the name to both of them seperately.

Regards,

Dave

Comment from chillly on 6 October 2008 at 13:45

One part of the street could be in a relation and the other part not, for example part of a cycle route or a bus route. If that is the case you should not join the two sections. If in any doubt leave them as two parts and add the name tag to each part.

Chris


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