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What is the suggested approach regarding the local name of an officially unnamed land mass? There is a small island which is officially unnamed on charts of other government maps. However it has a colloquial name. Should the colloquial name be used in the name= tag, or should it be left unnamed.

asked 20 Aug '18, 19:03

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Usage is what makes really a name. If the colloquial name is used by many people and is even the only (not several names) colloquial name for the island, then I would tag this name as name.

To make clear that this is a local name set loc_name to the same value, too. Also you may add a note note:name = officially unnamed by government. However it has a colloquial name.

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answered 21 Aug '18, 07:03

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Thank you. That makes perfect sense.

(22 Aug '18, 16:26) JMcCorison
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with regard to names, OSM is interested in collecting also alternative names, former names and other names. Besides name, there is for example official_name, loc_name, reg_name, nat_name, alt_name, old_name, short_name and more (see wiki).

(22 Aug '18, 21:58) dieterdreist

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