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Dealing with data, hoping to bring some consistency and high-value data.
I live in a multilingual area, where street names must be written in different languages.
Another example of careless editing: fixing the main tag but forgetting the other languages just creates a mess.

@bxl_forever
Out of curiosity, are there streets in Brussels where the #fr, #nl names are different in meaning?

@61 Yes, there are a few funny cases. A famous square in the city centre is named "Place du Jeu de Balle" in French (ball game) and "Vosseplein" in Dutch (foxes).

@61 The worst situation about street naming in this city is that each local municipality can name streets how they want. Sometimes, a street is called "Steenweg op Gent" in one, and "Gentsesteenweg" in the other and the street is the boundary between them: houses facing each other have a different address! We have become used to master exotic tags such as name:left:nl and name:right:nl. 🙄

@bxl_forever

Brilliant! 😁

I find that's great though: it keeps system architects on their toes regarding making assumptions about trying to reduce the real world to a set of regular patterns. 😋

Any idea what happens in those places where the #BE, #NL border zig-zags between houses? Do street names change every few metres too?

@61 I was curious about this and checked, but apparently they have been smart enough to use the same names in both countries, despite the border is often the street itself.

openstreetmap.org/#map=17/51.4

The hilarious map with the nested enclaves is also a must-see.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baarle-H

@bxl_forever
Hopefully the house numbering (if they have such a system) is also correlative, or at least unique. 😋

@bxl_forever I wonder if anyone has made a QA tool that highlights this sort of change (only one name tag of a multi lingual object changed)... 🤔

@rory Before posting this, I wrote to a fellow mapper who had written a script aimed at catching this. In a nutshell, it compares OSM data with the official street directory (github.com/gplv2/urbis-validat).
The example here is outside Brussels, where he ran it: some Flemish municipalities have official French translations for their street names and I feel we should extend his work here as well.

@bxl_forever just read through your posts and absolutely love the work you're doing on OSM.

Keep up the great work!

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