Problem statement: descriptive names in the
name field of road route relations make it difficult for data consumers to consume the
name tag for routes that are named but un-numbered because they cannot differentiate true named routes from constructed descriptive name. This tagging also goes against our guidance that names are not for descriptions.
Background: A “descriptive name” in this context is one where a route identified only by route number (
ref) also has a
name tag populated with a description. For example, this route relation for Interstate 77 in Ohio is tagged
name= I 77 (OH) (North).
Planned edit: I intend to systematically re-tag descriptive names on
route=road relations in the United States, starting with US interstates. In these cases, the
name tag provides no additional information not otherwise present in the tagging other than giving a human-readable description. Therefore, I will move the contents of
An example of a correctly-tagged route relation is Interstate 95 in Rhode Island, which is tagged:
I changed this back in 2021 and so far this hasn’t broken anything
Below is an example of a correctly-tagged road route relation that uses a
name tag. It’s important that data consumers can consume the
name tag in cases like this while not consuming descriptive names.
Scope: This applies ONLY to road route relations in the US and not to road ways. I intend to make no changes to way
name tagging with this series of edits. This is NOT a discussion about whether cases like
name=State Route 123 on a way is correct tagging – this is purely about road route relations.
Other reading: There is a similar but unrelated thread from back in October regarding this topic on public transit relations.
Please let me know if anyone has concerns about these planned edits.
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Ce sujet de discussion accompagne la publication sur https://community.openstreetmap.org/t/planned-edit-to-re-tag-descriptive-names-in-road-route-relations/108454