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What's in a name?

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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.

Explore new territory with a GPS for OpenStreetMap

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A handhed GPSr device
Adding information about your neighbourhood to OpenStreetMap can be relatively simple when there is local data to use as landmarks. Sometimes you want to explore terra incognita and add data for which there is no local reference for dead reckoning. This tutorial takes a first look at using a GPS receiver to collect a track file for use as a reference when adding information to OpenStreetMap.

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