-----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE----- Hash: SHA1 Hello everyone. Recently HOT has been responding to the ebola outbreak in western Africa (specifically the countries of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone). As a part of this response we have converted the GNS name files containing populated place names from their original csv format to OSM format using a python script. The files have then been broken into tiles corresponding to task manager tasks and are being manually checked against imagery, topo maps, and existing OSM data before being finally merged into OSM one by one. The task manager jobs are being carried out by a hand-picked team of people using private task manager jobs so that the work is done carefully and no one just "blindly" dumps a load of data in without first checking it.
However, since the conversion scripts have changed over time and since some work was done manually by others, we ended up using two slightly different forms for the alt_name field in the case where there are more than one alt_name for a given place. Some use the form alt_name_2 and some use alt_name:2 (with the 2 extending to higher numbers as well, some of these places have as many as 6 or 7 alt_name entries). After consultation with twain47 regarding which format would be preferred for nominatim, it was decided that the alt_name_2 was the preferred format (the :2 format gets confused with the language variants, so the underscore version is preferable). Twain47 has already written a patch for nominatim to make this work, and the pull request and push to the live server is pending. Once the new code is in place and shown to be working, my plan was to do a mechanical edit to convert all of the existing alt_name:N tags to their corresponding alt_name_N equivalents. There are also a few similar variants like alt_name2 which would be converted at the same time. All in all it looks like about 500 or so objects worldwide are tagged using one form or another of the deprecated formats. I can either limit this conversion to the areas where HOT has been doing this kind of work, or I could extend it worldwide. My suspicion is that after the ones from the HOT areas have been converted there will likely be only a few elsewhere anyway, so it probably makes sense to just do them worldwide anyway. Are there any objections, or suggestions on how to do this better? And finally, if it is decided to carry out this action, is there someone who would be willing to actually carry out the change themselves with a mechanical edit account or bot or something, or should I do it myself in josm? Thank you for your consideration in this matter, and I would ask that we try to expedite the discussion on this (assuming no major objections are raised) as there are external organizations using our data to respond to the ebola epidemic, and the quicker this can be sorted out the less painful it will be for them. - -AndrewBuck -----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE----- Version: GnuPG v1.4.11 (GNU/Linux) iQIcBAEBAgAGBQJUDfrcAAoJEK7RwIfxHSXbiOEQAIk0Ak46cEoKpf2zyKrp+nqk 196letS7VMehthOX2KJIZRE0vuBVgymxsNasZzQHQkhLwxWrm6b61kh7KvfJUjYA ysD2gFGQdcXzbMu82SJYLMVvAyM1ANOPkB3dHZT3r5Tae8/Vxi26ItGcqnarEC2I MlGz/eTmEBhIkrGMdnhoHCjBs3gM94WQ8RGDX/F6geavAgCMd2Of8HKw+8tU+uVj +9ZcTu8mW/Oz5BE8WFSjVBcfIQu0UIxHNePkDEUxLnTFyzvr0moQy+UDq3j3skpf 4zzdmhRyKrClRJMZmaHRPHMLVCeIe+dClF7puyaXbpwOUe/fWr8wHdB3jIKOZBms Jn1Cv00Ph5tbBTyDsTw8vv7M7xbCyI0qp7Wj0HMUnq78rmoJ3mQmN/m9BoWHc9yc Imx8ObK5dUDDqxyrOy4jAQ055LPsAECbSQ7ANE9SssKKHlfgXYk6wixFKrFMWHXl Xx4gr2kGE+LTW3h+Jeqcb3b76veHHQBWDRdbDYrXWHDHPSBU0loHFucu/DIDQcaV v7ruh0vm+ERl/AS0wuAfjs4jctkeET18eTaPcpJtAtl+PEHpQXth5R+OtCdmxJPg xTiWPJI5rbZjwojwXvVe/QPbyTYYGRmLf6e2LbdKH6hYllUpcQmQLBB+iZTm1+Fo JPH/LAzAiKLAnXiDVjdm =5xSa -----END PGP SIGNATURE----- _______________________________________________ talk mailing list firstname.lastname@example.org https://lists.openstreetmap.org/listinfo/talk