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What not to map in OpenStreetMap

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We love to map. We love to provide correct, complete, comprehensive data for the OpenStreetMap® data base, and for the millions of consumers of that data, around the World.

And I'm walking around the neighbourhood, minding my own business1, when I pass the intersection of Waters and Stanley. Just a normal day, Wait. What?

I see these new street signs. Time to improve OpenStreetMap, right?

Wrong.

I'm not mapping this

"Waters and Stanley"? That's not this intersection. Those aren't Toronto, municipal street signs!

What's in a name?

rweait's picture

unclear sign over a dental office

A question came up on one of the OSM mailing lists1 about what to use as the name of a business. The name of a business is one of the key items that distinguishes that business from their competitors, along with location. Both of these things are important to mappers. We like to get location correct; that's kind of the point of OpenStreetMap. And once we have the location of an object, we generally want to name it.

So why are some businesses so hard to name? And what is a mapper to do about it? Let's have a look.

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