Canonical features for OpenStreetMap, collected manually and via the NSI Collector planet scan.
What is it?
The goal of this project is to maintain a canonical list of commonly used features for suggesting consistent spelling and tagging in OpenStreetMap.
👉Watch the video from our talk at State of the Map US 2019 to learn more about this project!
Browse the index
You can browse the name-suggestion-index and check Wikidata links for accuracy at https://nsi.guide.
How it's used
When mappers create features in OpenStreetMap, they are not always consistent about how they
name and tag things. For example, we may prefer
McDonald's tagged as
but we see many examples of other spellings (
Building a canonical feature index allows two very useful things:
- We can suggest the most "correct" way to tag things as users create them while editing.
- We can scan the OSM data for "incorrect" features and produce lists for review and cleanup.
The name-suggestion-index is in use in iD when adding a new item
Currently used in:
- iD (see above)
- JOSM presets available
- Go Map!!
- Every Door
- All The Places
About the index
See the project wiki for details.
We're always looking for help!
- Read the Code of Conduct and remember to be kind to one another.
- See the project wiki for info about how to contribute to this index.
If you have any questions or want to reach out to a maintainer, ping @bhousel, @1ec5, or @tas50 on:
OpenStreetMap US Slack (
name-suggestion-index is available under the 3-Clause BSD License. See the LICENSE.md file for more details.